Kobane in turmoil


Old Kurdish woman displaced from the Kurdish city of Kobane, shouting, near Turkey's border. File photo

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – At least 300 Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were moved to hospitals in the Turkish city of Suruc after being injured during clashes with extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the northern Syrian city of Kobane.

The IS militants bombed the city of Kobane with heavy artillery on Tuesday, and carried out two car bomb attacks against major headquarters of the Kurdish YPG forces in the eastern neighbourhoods of the city.

Intensive clashes took place between the YPG (backed by female fighters of the YPJ “Women Protection Units”) and militants of the Islamic State in the city of Kobane during the last two days, claiming lives of at least 30 Kurdish fighters and causing the injury of 300, YPG military sources told ARA News.

According to the YPG Media Center, more than 400 Kurdish fighters are still stationed in Kobane trying to defend the city against the dramatic advance of IS extremists.

“We will continue the fight until the last bullet,” a YPG fighter told ARA News, complaining about the lack of military support they receive.

The Kurdish fighters demanded the Turkish authorities provide them with weapons in order to defend Kobane which is located right at the Turkish border-line. However, Turkey showed concerns about any intervention in Syria without the approval of the U.S.-led anti-IS international coalition.

According to Kurdish activists, Turkey is reluctant to provide Syrian Kurds with arms because of concerns about any potential establishment of a Kurdish entity in northern Syria, while Turkey emphasizes that any intervention should also target headquarters of the Assad regime.

Pro-IS media outlets reported on Monday that the al-Qaeda offshoot group has gained control of “half of the city of Kobane”, which was refuted by the YPG Media Center.

In other developments, angry Kurds took to streets in the Turkish cities of Suruc, Diyarbakir, Adana, Mardin and Kiziltepe condemning the extremists’ attacks against Kobane, and calling on Turkey to help Syrian Kurds against the IS.


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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