Report: 9 British medical students believed have crossed into Syria from Turkey

Nine British medical students have traveled to Syria, apparently to work in hospitals controlled by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Britain’s Observer newspaper reported on Saturday. The group of four women and five men crossed into Syria from Turkey last week, having traveled from Sudan where they had been studying, said the story, published on the website of the Observer’s sister paper, the Guardian.

It quoted Turkish opposition poli

Nine British medical students have traveled to Syria, apparently to work in hospitals controlled by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Britainand#39s Observer newspaper reported on Saturday.

The group of four women and five men crossed into Syria from Turkey last week, having traveled from Sudan where they had been studying, said the story, published on the website of the Observerand#39s sister paper, the Guardian.

It quoted Turkish opposition politician Mehmet Ali EdiboIlu, who had met members of the studentsand#39 families who were trying to persuade the students to return.

andldquoWe all assume that they are in Tel Abyad now, which is under ISIL control.

The conflict out there is fierce, so medical help must be needed,andrdquo Turkish opposition politician he told the Observer

Britainand#39s security services estimate that some 600 Britons have gone to Syria or Iraq to join militant groups, including the man known as andquotJihadi John,andquot who has appeared in several ISIL beheading videos.

ISILand#39s attempt to create a theocratic Sunni Muslim and#39caliphateand#39 by violent means has attracted thousands of recruits from Europe and elsewhere.

Three British schoolgirls are thought to have traveled through Turkey to Syria in February to join the militant group, in one of the most high-profile recent cases. Their families and British authorities have made repeated appeals for them to return home.

Britainand#39s Foreign Office was not immediately available for comment on Saturday.

The group of medical students are in their late teens and early 20s and all have Sudanese roots but were born and brought up in Britain, the story said.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman