ISIL releases abducted Syrian students

Kurdish middle-school students arriving in Kobane city through the Turkish territories earlier this month. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) released on Saturday fifteen middle-school students who had been arrested more than a month ago on the road linking the city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) with Aleppo, north of Syria.

One of the members of the negotiating committee with ISIL, preferred to stay anonymous, told ARA News “the students’ release came after negotiations between a committee of the city’s notables and Kurdish tribal figures on one hand and ISIL on the other”.

“The released students are currently under the protection of Najib al-Basrawi, a social figure in Kobane city. They are in a good condition and waiting for their parents to take them home,” the source said.

On Friday, ISIL released two of the arrested students; one from Homs, whose family had displaced to Kobane, and the other is Kurdish from Kobane. ISIL moved them to Jarabulus town from Menbij city, in Aleppo province, then called their families to deliver them.”

Some of the two students’ relatives told ARA News that the militants of ISIL “asked the families of the released students not to mention anything about the release until the the rest are also released”.


Reporting by: Raman Ahmad

Source: ARA News

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