Tunisian interior minister says the foreign - backed Takfiri militants fighting against the Syrian government are using Tunisian girls as comfort women.
On Thursday, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou told members of the National Constituent Assembly that Tunisian women who have traveled to Syria have been working as sex partners for foreign - sponsored militants. The minister also stated that the women have had sexual relations with as many as 100 militants and return home pregnant.
“They have sexual relations with 20,30, 100(militants). After the sexual liaisons they have there in the name of ' jihad al - nikah ' -(sexual holy war, in Arabic) - they come home pregnant, ” Ben Jeddou said, AFP reports.
The Tunisian official did not say how many women have gone to Syria, but media reports put the figure at hundreds. Meanwhile, hundreds of Tunisian men have left their country to join the foreign-backed militants in Syria. Syria says tens of thousands of extremists from other countries are fighting the country’s government forces. This has also been confirmed by some Western intelligence agencies. Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the foreign-backed unrest in Syria.