Hundreds of civilians stranded in war-torn city of Kobane

A displaced Kurdish family from Kobane

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – On Friday evening, fierce clashes broke out between the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), and militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in several areas of Kobane in Aleppo province, northern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, activist Barzan Khalil said that the clashes were intensified in the areas of Kaniya Araban and al-Sinaa, as well as in al-Baladiya neighborhood in the city, which includes the headquarters of both the Assayish forces and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), following the arrival of military reinforcements to IS.

“These reinforcements on motorcycles in an attempt to avoid the U.S.-led international coalition’s air strikes,” Khalil reported.

“About 500 civilians are still stranded in the war-torn city, such as the national guard, the station and the city hall, and they sent distress calls to the international organizations and coalition forces to intervene in order to save them, fearing for their fate as IS extremists approach their neighborhoods,” Khalil told ARA News.

Khalil pointed out that the IS group executed one of the Kurdish civilians in the city’s downtown 48th street on Thursday.

In the meantime, the coalition’s fighter jets hit the areas of Kaniya Araban and al-Sinaa, where clashes continue between YPG fighters and IS insurgents, local sources reported.

In other development, a number of displaced civilians, stranded at the border between Syria and Turkey, said that the Turkish authorities prevented the delivery of food and aid for civilians at the border-line.

“We are going through an extremely difficult time, amid the death of a large number of livestock due to lack of food and water,” one of the displaced residents of Kobane told ARA News at the Turkish border.


Reporting by: Baran Mesku

Source: ARA News

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