The federal government said it was investigating claims that Canadian-Israeli Gill Rosenberg, who joined Kurdish fighters battling ISIS, had been kidnapped in Syria. But, it appears Rosenberg has taken to social media to deny the claims. Stuart Greer explains.
Reports that Gill Rosenberg, a Canadian-Israeli citizen, had been captured by Islamic State militants in Syria were put to rest Monday after a post on her Facebook page telling friends she was safe.
“Guys, I’m totally safe and secure. I don’t have Internet access or any communication devices with me for my safety and security. I can’t reply regularly and only happened to have a chance to log in and see these [expletive] news stories. Ignore the reports I’ve been captured.”
The post was made around 3:30 p.m. ET Monday afternoon and was in response to an Israeli newspaper report, Islamist websites claimed Sunday that extremists had kidnapped Rosenberg, who had joined Kurdish fighters overseas.
Canadian officials had been investigating the kidnapping reports as early as Sunday.
“The Government of Canada is aware of reports that a Canadian citizen was kidnapped in Syria,” a spokesperson for the foreign ministry said in an email Sunday. “Canada is pursuing all appropriate channels to seek further information.”
The Jerusalem Post said reports of Gill Rosenberg’s capture surfaced Sunday on websites “known to be close” to Islamic State extremists.
The newspaper said the websites give few details on the alleged kidnapping, only that it occurred after three suicide attacks on sites where Kurdish fighters were holed up.
Posts on Rosenberg’s Facebook timeline indicate she arrived in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, on Nov. 2 and then travelled through Turkey and into northern Syria sometime before Nov. 9.
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