Family of Icelander thought killed in Syria want to search for him themselves

The Turks and their allies now control the district of ...

The Turks and their allies now control the district of Afrin in North-West Syria. AFP

 The family and friends of Haukur Hilmarsson, an Icelandic activist believed to have fallen in Syria fighting with the Kurds, are unhappy with the answers they have received from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. They want to go to Syria to find out what happened to him. 

Hilmarsson's mother Eva Hauksdóttir wrote a post on her webpage yesterday explaining that the Ministry had denied her access to parts of the documents used in the Ministry's investigation. 

Lárus Páll Birgisson, a friend of Haukur Hilmarsson, shouted at MP's yesterday at Parliament. Speaking to mbl.is today he said that a group of Hilmarsson's friends are prepared to travel to the Afrin district to look for him and find out what happened. He asks the Icelandic government for permission for them to enter occupied terrotories in Northern Syria to search for clues. 

"We are prepared to do anything we possibly can and we've tried everything here in Iceland. Our only possibility is to go out there ourselves. "

Lárus Páll Birgisson, nurse aide and friend of Haukur Hilmarsson.

Lárus Páll Birgisson, nurse aide and friend of Haukur Hilmarsson. Ljósmynd/Aðsend

Haukur Hilmarsson.

Haukur Hilmarsson. Ljósmynd/Aðsend

A map of Syria.

A map of Syria. mbl.is/AFP

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