Two Syrian teens who fled from the terrorist YPG/PKK surrendered to security forces in Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province, security sources said on Tuesday.
A young man, 15, and a young woman, 16, were lured into the terrorist group on the pretext of being taken to various cultural events, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
They got armed training and ideological indoctrination for about two months in Syria’s Hasakah region, it added.
The teens later came to Turkey and surrendered to the security forces as a result of efforts by Turkey’s National Security Organization and local anti-terror police, it said. The two went into state protection after giving testimony, it added.
The terrorist YPG/PKK continues to forcibly recruit children by detaining them in Syria.
In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US, and the EU – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children, and infants. The YPG is the PKK’s Syrian offshoot.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar