Turkey Detains Kobani Hero while Treating ISIS commander in hospital

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Esra Yakar, a 5th-grade student at the Medical School of Dicle University in Diyarbakir, went to the Kurdish province of Kobani a few months ago as a volunteer doctor to help treat Kurds wounded in the fighting with ISIS militants.

In December 2014, she suffered heavy wounds to her head and right eye during an attack by ISIS.

The Turkish Medical Association reported she was taken to Turkey for better treatment but Yakar was shuffled between various hospitals and her referral to a hospital for advanced examination and treatment was delayed. In the meantime, she lost her right eye.

After Yakar was finally taken to a hospital in Ankara, the prosecutors in Diyarbakir launched an investigation against her. And while still under medical treatment, she was arrested and jailed in the Sincan prison in Ankara for being a “terrorist”.

Meanwhile, reports on social media suggest Emrah Cakan, a Turkish-born ISIS commander wounded in Kobani, has been getting medical treatment at the university hospital in the province of Denizli in Turkey since 28 February.

Orhan Cicek, head of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of Denizli, said Cakan’s relatives confirmed he has been an ISIS member for six months.

That a Kurdish doctor wounded by ISIS in Kobani was deprived of health services, and then arrested on spurious charges, while an ISIS commander is safely treated in hospital, is a manifestation of the injustice of the Turkish legal and political system against Kurdish people – and supporting terrorism.


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