Israeli-Canadian woman believed captured by Islamic State 'safe'

The flag of the Islamic State. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Gill Rosenberg, the Canadian-born immigrant to Israel who became the first foreign woman to join Kurds battling the Islamic State group in Syria, was reported by extremist Islamic websites to have been captured by Islamic State, but her Kurdish comrades are denying the reports.

The reports, many of them on Palestinian websites, say that Rosenberg, 31, was taken prisoner by Islamic State during battles in Kobani, but do not provide more information. Islamic State has not responded to the reports, and Kurdish officials say they are false and that Rosenberg was not even in Kobani.

The initial reports worried many of her friends, who wrote messages on her Facebook wall. "I hope this isn't true," Chris Levy wrote, "but if it is then I am praying for you."

However, another post on her Facebook page is addressed at people concerned about her. "Gill is safe and she is not active on Facebook [be]cause she has no Internet access," her friend Oliver Brimo wrote.

The Foreign Ministry released a statement saying it was following the reports but had not received any requests for help from Rosenberg's family.

Posted on December 1, 2014 .