British medical students believed to have joined Daesh in Syria

Published March 22nd, 2015 - 03:34 GMT

A group of nine young British medical students ages 19-25 of Sudanese origin are feared to have crossed illegally into Syria to join Daesh, reported AFP. 

The students are believed to have flown on March 12 to Istanbul from the Sudanese capital Khartoum, where they were enrolled in medical school, after which they travelled by land to the Syrian border. 

The students’ families have travelled to Gaziantep, a city near Turkey’s border with Syria, to plead for them to return home. 

Turkish MP Mehmet Ali Ediboglu told Reuters that he believes the students may be in a Daesh-controlled town close to the Turkish border.  “My assumption is that they have gone to Tel Abyad, because I know that the hospital there is extremely busy,” he told reporters Sunday. 

Turkey has been under heavy scrutiny for failing to keep its border with Syria shut to Daesh hopefuls, many of whom are young like the British medical students. In February, three British teenage girls are believed to have entered Syria through Turkey to join the militant group. 

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