Kurdish force makes appeal after female fighter captured alive by Turkey-backed militia

The Kurdish women’s armed group in northern Syria issued an urgent plea for international help to save one of their fighters who was wounded and captured alive by Turkish-backed Syrian militias that have been accused of committing war crimes.

“On October 21 at 21:00, the gangs of the Turkish invading state attacked the village of Mishrafa in Ain al-Issa leading to a fight between our forces and the gangs. Cicek Kobane was injured in her leg and fell captive to the gangs of [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan,” read a statement from the YPJ, the all-women branch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northeast Syria.

Video published on Telegram channels linked to the Syrian militias show a militant carrying the captured Kurdish fighter. The militants call her “pig” and say she will be taken to “slaughter.”

The YPJ called on the international community to “urgently intervene” to save Cicek Kobane.

“We call on all the women of the world and international human rights organizations to speak up against this brutality of Turkish-backed gangs,” said the force.

The video was made public at least 24 hours ago. The fate of Cicek Kobane remains unknown.