Syrian Kurds escape ISIS, cross into Turkey

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Turkish policemen and soldiers walk as Syrian Kurds wait behind the border fence to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014. (Reuters)

ARA News

Kobane, Hasakaا, Syria Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Noaman Qortlimos, issued an official statement saying that 45,000 Syrian Kurdish refugees crossed into Turkey on Saturday from eight points lying on 30-km border strip, from Akcakale to Mursitpinar.

Thousands of people from the eastern and western countrysides of the city of Kobane in northern Syria escaped  following attacks by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

Militant fighters of IS have gained control of more than 30 villages in the countryside of Kobane in the last four days, after clashes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).

Meanwhile, activists in the area have reported that at least 600 guerillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) entered the city of Kobane through the Turkish border on Saturday, to back the YPG forces in defending the Kurdish city.

Local sources pointed out that IS members interrogated the elderly of some Kurdish villages of whether they had links with PKK or not, under threats of beheading in case proven true, as had happened in the village of Kok Tabbah in Kobane’s eastern countryside.

Kurdish activists mentioned previously that Mursitpinar’s humanitarian border crossing was closed in the faces of Kurdish civilian refugees, while the injured members of the YPG were able to cross for treatment.

In the meantime, the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) demanded on Saturday that all Kurds to fight IS extremists and protect Kobane and its environs in collaboration with the YPG.

“We also appeal to the regional and international powers to intervene and save the civilians of Kobane against the terrorists of IS,” the KNC said in a statement.

Humanitarian situation of Kobane’s civilians at the Turkish borders or those remained in the city and nearby villages is deteriorating, amid fears of genocide if IS controls the city.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali and Joan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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