IS militants abduct Kurdish doctor in northern Syria


The abducted Kurdish doctor Azad Weli. File photo

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Militants of the Islamic State (IS) abducted on Wednesday a Kurdish doctor from a hospital in the city of Manbij in Aleppo countryside, northern Syria.

Azad Weli, a well-known Kurdish surgeon, was captured on Wednesday by IS members from Ibn Sina hospital in Manbij, where he used to work, a family member of Weli told ARA News.

Weli was a member of the anti-Assad Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) and known as a human rights activist. He was also a member of the General Medical Commission in Manbij city.

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish activist Mohammed Abu Jiwan said that Weli was never exposed to harassment for his activities by any party before.

“We are all concerned about Dr. Weli’s destiny,” Abu Jiwan said.

According to Abu Jiwan, Weli is held in the main detention center of Manbij, held by IS militants.

Manbij city is considered the main stronghold of the Islamic State group in northwestern Syria. IS militants took over Manbij after clashes with anti-Assad rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) nearly one year ago.


Reporting by: Lawend Salem

Source: ARA News

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