YPG/PKK recruited more than 1,200 children in 2022: UN report. Featured

By Agencies August 09, 2023 3841


  • 3 more children in Syria kidnapped by YPG/PKK terror group
  • Terrorist organization abducts, recruits' children for its armed forces, says spokesperson for Kurdish opposition group

Local sources are accusing the YPG/PKK terror group in Syria of having kidnapped three children who were then recruited into its armed forces.

Two 14-year-olds, known as M.A.H. and A.F, were abducted on Tuesday from Manbij district of Syria’s Aleppo province, Redor al-Ahmed, spokesperson for the opposition group, "Independent Kurdish Order," told Anadolu.

On Tuesday, he said the terror group also kidnapped a 15-year-old Z.S. from Sheikh Maqsood district of Aleppo.

The YPG/PKK abducts or detains young people and children away from their families and trains them in training camps to become fighters, which violates the agreement with the UN.

The YPG/PKK recruited more than 1,200 children in 2022, according to a UN report.

"I am extremely concerned about the use of children as soldiers by the PKK," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in June.

"I implore them to end the use of children as soldiers and to release all children in their ranks," he added.

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Türkiye, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Türkiye, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of over 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants.