Israeli woman who joined anti-ISIS Kurdish forces denies reports of abduction


Gail Rosenberg with a YPJ fighter. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – The Israeli fighter of Canadian origin, Gail Rosenberg, who has joined the ranks of the Kurdish female fighters of the Woman Protection Units (YPJ) in Kobane in northern Syria, denied reports of being kidnapped by the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), through a personal tweet on Monday. 

Over the past two days, several Syrian media outlets reported that IS militants were able to kidnap Rosenberg after the recent bomb attack on the Turkish border crossing of Mursitpinar near Kobane.

“Dear Friends, I’m quite well… I do not have the possibility to get access to the Internet or any other means of communication for my safety and security,” Rosenberg tweeted.

“I cannot post regularly, and what happened is I have just had the opportunity to surf the net and see these fresh stories,” she continued. “Ignore the reports of my arrest by IS.”

“Come on! Follow me,” she concluded.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, the aid worker in the field hospital, Hamza Ismail, also denied Rosenberg’s kidnapping by the IS group.

On the other hand, Mahmoud Hassan Agha, a member of the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC), told ARA News from inside Kobane that the leaders of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have denied the existence of the Israeli fighter inside Kobane.

Noteworthy, at the beginning of November, 2014, the Israeli fighter Gail Rosenberg announced a voluntary transition to Syria to combat the IS extremist group, as quoted by the Israeli radio at the time: “This woman (Gail Rosenberg) decided to support the Kurds through the military experience she gained during her service in the Israeli army.”


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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