Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for kidnapped doctors in Syria

Al-Qaeda in Syria on Wednesday claimed responsibility for the January 3 kidnapping of five Doctors Without Borders members in the northern part of the country.

The abducted staffers reportedly include one Peruvian, one Danish, one Swedish and one Swiss national, as well as a 30-year-old Belgian nurse. In an Arab-language communique whose authenticity has not yet been verified, the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) said it has “shut down Yamdiya and Birnas field hospitals” and “arrested European doctors who were spying on jihadist combatants”. The field hospitals were located in the Idlib and Latakia districts.