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Five Doctors Without Borders workers abducted in Syria

By Elwyn Lopez, CNN
January 3, 2014 -- Updated 1736 GMT (0136 HKT)
In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, Syrian men help survivors out of a building in Aleppo after it was bombed, allegedly by a Syrian regime warplane on Saturday, February 8. The United Nations estimates more than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. Click through to see the most compelling images taken during the conflict, which is now a civil war: In this photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, Syrian men help survivors out of a building in Aleppo after it was bombed, allegedly by a Syrian regime warplane on Saturday, February 8. The United Nations estimates more than 100,000 people have been killed since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011. Click through to see the most compelling images taken during the conflict, which is now a civil war:
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Five Doctors Without Borders workers have been taken, the group says
  • They were abducted in the northern part of Syria
  • Rebel forces and Islamic militants control much of Syria's northern territories

(CNN) -- Five workers for Doctors Without Borders were abducted from a house the organization was using in northern Syria, the group said Friday.

The five were abducted Thursday evening "by a group allegedly for questioning," said Guillermo Agar, a Doctors Without Borders representative. He passed along the group's statement to CNN in an e-mail from his base in Madrid.

Rebel forces and Islamic militants control much of Syria's northern territories.

"We are in contact with all the relevant stakeholders and the families of our staff members, and are doing all we can to reestablish contact with our colleagues," the statement said. He said that he does not know all the nationalities of the workers and would not release more information, citing safety concerns for the workers.

Doctors Without Borders, or Medecins Sans Frontieres, operates six hospitals and four health centers in northern Syria and has been trying to help Syrian refugees who have fled the violence that has gripped the country since the war began in April 2011.

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