Kobane under ISIS attacks

Turkish soldiers stand guard as Syrian Kurds cross the border fence into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 19, 2014. (Reuters)

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – On Friday, the Kurdish city of Kobane in Aleppo province, northern Syria, saw a severe panic and large wave of displacement among thousands of civilians, local sources told ARA News, amid advancement of militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).

The countryside of Kobane is reportedly experiencing the quick fall of villages under the control of the Islamic State, especially in the eastern areas, where the number of villages dominated by the IS group reached 35 villages during the past two days, amid waning the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in front of qualitative weapons possessed by the Islamic State’s militants.

The IS took control of the village of Qara Moog, Bobby Hill and Ghareeb village (20 km east of Kobane), amid the exodus of villagers to the center of the eastern city while thousands of civilians gathered at the Turkish border awaiting to allow them to cross into the Turkish territory.

At least thirteen thousand civilians were displaced from Kobane in the last two days, as the majority of them could cross the borders in Turkey on Friday evening.

On the other hand, the YPG forces released a statement accusing the Turkish authorities of supporting the progress of the IS extremists as well as supplying them (IS groups) with sophisticated weapons.

Saleh Muslim, co-head of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) –political leadership of the YPG– commented on reports about the alleged support received by IS from the Turkish side, saying “this can happen, of course, by some parties in Turkey, but not by the Turkish political leadership.”

Meanwhile, activists in Kobane appealed to the international community and humanitarian aid organizations to rapidly intervene to prevent a recurrence of “massacres” similar to what happened in Shingal area of northern Iraq, where IS killed and displaced thousands of Yezidis after controlling the area.

Speaking to ARA News in Mard Simel village (3 km east of Kobane), civil rights activist Omar Hussein said that as the Turkish authorities didn’t respond to the demand of thousands of displaced civilians to open the border crossing, “Many of them crossed into Turkey illegally, escaping IS extremists who launch large offensive against Kobane”.

However, other sources confirmed that the Turkish border guards allowed thousands of Kobane residents to enter Turkey on Friday.


Reporting by: Jan Ali and Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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