A member of the majority-Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) who was captured by Turkey-backed Syrian fighters on Oct. 21, is being held by Turkish security forces in the southeastern border province of Şanlıurfa, the pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported on Tuesday.
Cicek Kobane, whose official name is Darze Salih Temo, had been captured in Tel Abyad after suffering an injury. A video had been posted in a Telegram channel showing the Syrian militia threatening her with beatings and threatening to kill her.
Vîdyoyeke nû ya şervana HSDê Çîçek Kobanê, ku roja 21ê Cotmehê li Eyn Îsa êxsîr ketiye destê çekdarên ser bi Tirkiyê ve, belav bûye ku têde xuya dibe, çekdar dengê xwe li ser bilind dikin û gotinên kirêt jê re dibêjin pic.twitter.com/Au4rlID9me
— RudawKurdi (@RudawKurdi) October 30, 2019
Cicek Kobane (Temo), whose family lives in Şanlıurfa’s Suruç district, is currently detained in Şırnak’s provincial anti-terror police headquarter, the agency said. She is a Syrian citizen.
It was learned that Temo’s family is original from Raqqa (a city in Syria located on the northeast bank of the Euphrates River. Raqqa was the sixth largest city in Syria) and had been living in Suruç for 6 years, taking refugee from the Syrian civil war.
Citing one source, also another YPJ member is held in detention at the Şanlıurfa Gendarme command, but the agency said there could be also other Syrians under custody in Turkey.
The two YPJ members are expected to face terrorism charges, it said. They are expected to be referred to the Urfa Courthouse on the grounds of terrorism related activities, being members of a terrorist organization.
Earlier, another video of the same wounded fighter was circulated on social media, in which the gunmen make fun of their screams, callousness and are threaten her with beatings.
The YPJ Command stated in a previous statement that their fighter had been targeted at a time when the ceasefire agreement had not entered into force.