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Gill Rosenberg, Israeli-Canadian Woman, Kidnapped By ISIL: Report

11/30/2014 01:07 EST | Updated 01/30/2015 05:59 EST
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UPDATE - Dec. 1, 2014: Gill Rosenberg's Facebook page was updated with a message that indicates the kidnapping reports are false. The post says:

"Guys, I'm totally safe and secure. I don't have Internet access or any communication devices with me for my safety and security. I can't reply regularly and only happened to have a chance to log in and see these buklshit news stories. Ignore the reports I've been captured. Yalla, Acharai!"

An Israeli newspaper report says Islamist websites are claiming extremists have kidnapped an Israeli-Canadian woman who joined Kurdish fighters overseas.

The Jerusalem Post says reports of Gill Rosenberg's capture surfaced Sunday on websites "known to be close" to Islamic State extremists.

The newspaper says the websites give few details on the alleged kidnapping, only that it occurred after three suicide attacks on sites where Kurdish fighters were holed up.

A spokesman for Foreign Affairs says the government is aware of reports a Canadian citizen was kidnapped in Syria and is "pursuing all appropriate channels to seek further information."

Clashes between ISIL and Kurdish troops have largely focused on the Syrian city of Kobani, near the Turkish border. The now-notorious al-Qaida splinter group is currently in control of large swaths of territory in both Syria and Iraq.

Messages of concern were posted Sunday on a Facebook profile belonging to a Gill Rosenberg. An earlier message asked for advice on joining the Kurdish army.

Rosenberg is from White Rock, B.C.

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