British aid worker kidnapped and captured by Islamic militants in Idlib
Affected Countries: syria;
A British aid worker who was stripped of his UK citizenship was arrested in northwest Syria on Monday by a jihadist group.
Tauqir Sharif was captured in Atmeh, a town north of Idlib province on Monday night and taken to an “unknown location,” activists in the area said.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) was formerly linked to al-Qaeda, and controls parts of the northwest, the last rebel-held area still at war with Damascus.
The reason for his seizure remains unclear.
The 32-year-old from Walthamstow travelled to Syria in 2012 with his British wife and founded the organisation Live Updates from Syria, which works with orphans and widows and raises awareness of the humanitarian catastrophe.