Kurdish boy displaced from Kobane carrying a bag. in the background a Turkish border guard is seen. File photo
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URFA – Turkish border guards prevented an aid convoy from entering the Kurdish border city of Kobane in northern Syria and confiscated its content after arresting the aid workers.
The convoy, which was carrying medicines to be delivered to the people of Kobane, was stopped in Suruc town at the border with Syria.
The Turkish authorities in Şanlıurfa province said in a statement that the aid convoy was trying to cross the border into Syria “illegally”.
The authorities considered the convoy as illegal for trying to help “a terrorist organization” in Syria, in reference to the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) that are in control of Kobane.
YPG and allied rebels have liberated Kobane from militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) last February. Thousands of civilians have returned then to Kobane after months of displacement. However, the city has been suffering a sharp shortage of medicine and other basic supplies for nearly a year.
The Turkish army has recently hit headquarters of the Kurdish YPG forces in northern Syria on 23 occasions, according to Kurdish officials.
Turkey considers the YPG an ally to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is deemed by the Turkish government as an outlawed “terrorist organization”.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News