Turkey suppresses Kurdish protesters, casualties reported

Syrian Kurds crossing the Turkish borders escaping the war-torn city of Kobane. File photo

ARA News 

Qamishli, Syria – One civilian was killed and three others injured on Thursday afternoon when the Turkish border guards opened fire against Kurdish protesters in the city of Qamishli at the Syrian-Turkish border.

Dozens of Qamishli residents protested at the Turkish border crossing to condemn what they called “Turkish support of the terrorism of Islamic State against Syrian Kurds”.

Thursday’s protest followed days of intensive attacks by militants of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) militants against the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria.

Salam Ahmad, an activist based in Qamishli, told ARA News that one civilian was killed and three others were injured, after the Turkish border guards opened fire against them, during their protest at the border line with the Turkish city of Nusaybin on Thursday.

“The protesters condemned the killing of demonstrators by the Turkish security forces in several Turkish cities who are trying to show solidarity solidarity with peers in the city of Kobane,” Ahmad reported.

“The Kurdish protesters on both sides of the border gathered between Syria and Turkey, in an attempt to remove the barbed wire between both Kurdish cities (Qamishli and Nusaybin), amid igniting tires and the border guards firing tear gas toward protesters,” Ahmad added.

The city of Nusaybin  (Syria’s Qamishli twin city inside Turkish territory) witnessed on Wednesday a mass protest to condemn the attitude of the Turkish government towards the ongoing war in the city of Kobane.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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