130,000 Flee To Turkey
As 130,000 Syrians, mostly Kurdish elderly, women and children, have fled to Turkey, Turkey has now closed its border. They were being fired on by ISIS as they were escaping, with weapons stolen from the Iraqi army that were supplied by the United States.
Yesterday, heavy clashes broke out between IS militants and Kurdish fighters only miles from the Syrian border town of Ain al-Arab, a strategic Kurdish safe haven also known as Kobani.
The IS was bombarding villagers with tanks, artillery and multiple rocket launchers, said Nasser Haj Mansour, a defence official in Syria’s Kurdish region.
‘They are even targeting civilians who are fleeing,’ He said…
[su_csky_ad]Despite the huge number of new refugees, Turkish authorities said they were ready to deal with the influx. The conflict has pushed more than a million Syrians over the border.
‘We have been prepared for this,’ said Dogan Eskinat, a spokesman for Turkey’s disaster management agency. ‘We are also prepared for worse.’
The SOHR said IS has taken control of 64 villages in northern Syria since the fighting began there on Wednesday.
It says that the fate of 800 Kurds from these villages is unknown, adding that IS had killed at least 11 civilians, including two boys.
The Aleppo Media Centre, another activist group, said yesterday’s battles were concentrated on the southern and eastern suburbs of Kobani.