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US-Backed SDF Cooperating with Israel in Body Organ Trade in Eastern Syria

TEHRAN The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are cooperating with Israeli physicians in setting up hospitals for body organ trade in Eastern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets reported Saturday.

The SDF has set up clandestine field hospitals for stealing and trading body organs of people in the cities of Hasaka and Qamsehli in Northeastern Hasaka province, the Arabic-language al-A'alam TV channel quoted informed sources in Hasaka as saying today.

The sources said that the SDF has engaged in body organ trade by either abducting children or by taking out the organs of their slain militants who had been forced into the rank of the terrorist group.

In a relevant development in October 2018, terrorists in Northwestern Syria had intensified trafficking of the body organs of Idlib citizens to Turkey to earn more money in the country's black market.

Syria's Arabic-language al-Mahaver news website reported that body organ trading by terrorists has intensified in Idlib city and other militant-held regions in the Northwestern province.

It further said that the terrorists kidnap several civilians in the militant-held regions in Idlib each day to excise their organs in dreadful operations and send them to Turkey by certain groups that are running operations in both countries.

The civilians go under illegal surgery and their body organs are taken out and sold at high prices, the news website said, adding that people in the Northeastern city of Idlib have "called on the Syrian Army to enter their region and save them from the terrorist groups' brutalities".

Director-General of the Syria Coroner's Office Hossein Noufel disclosed in November 2016 that the body organs of thousands of Syrian civilians were sold in the international black markets over the past six years.

"We have accurate information that over 25,000 surgical operations have been conducted in the refugee camps of the neighboring countries and in the terrorist-controlled areas in Syria since 2011 to take out the body organs of 15,000 Syrians and sell them in the international black markets," Dr. Noufel said.

He pointed to the high prices of human body organs in the black markets, and said, "A kidney is sold $10,000 in Turkey while the same kidney is sold for $1,000 in Iraq, but in Lebanon and Syria the price of each kidney is $3,000.

Dr. Noufel said that other human body organs such as spleen and cornea are also sold in the black markets.

According to latest reports, the children who have been rescued from the camps of Abdullah Muhammad al-Muhaysini, a senior al Qaeda-linked cleric and the religious leader of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group, are now threatened with the danger of trafficking their body organs by the terrorists.

Source: Fars News Agency