An Israeli woman is allegedly heading north to join Da’esh (ISIS) in Syria, according to a report by the Hebrew-language Ma’ariv newspaper online service.
The newspaper quoted officials in an unnamed northern Israeli town.
The woman, reported to be in her forties, allegedly boarded a flight to Turkey Thursday intending to cross the border into Syria to join the terrorist group.
A local source close to the woman’s family said her husband and children notified authorities, saying they feared she was heading to the Syrian region controlled by Da’esh.
“Her husband and children went to the police and also told the Foreign Ministry in the hopes of tracking her down before she crossed the border into Syria,” the source told Ma’ariv.
According to a report by Ha’aretz, Turkish police arrested the woman Friday night as she did indeed attempt to cross the border into Syria.
They allegedly deported her straight back to Israel, where faced a remand hearing on Saturday. She is reportedly being questioned by Israel’s General Security Service, the Shin Bet.
This is not the first case of an Israeli citizen traveling to Turkey in an attempt to join Da’esh, although it may be the first attempt by an Israeli woman on her own.
This past June, a man and wife took their three children from the Galilee town of Sakhnin to join ISIS as well. As have many others, they too traveled first to Turkey, and then crossed the border into the ISIS-held region in Syria. Relatives of the husband notified Israeli authorities after the family left.