300 Kurds cross from Turkey to Syria to fight IS jihadists
At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) trying to seize a strategic border town, a monitor said Sept 20.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurds had joined the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in their fight against the IS as it seeks to capture the town of Kobani, AFP reported.

The fighting around the strategic town has prompted a mass exodus into Turkey, which opened its border on Friday to fleeing Kurds and has since received 60,000 people, according to officials.

The clashes broke out on Tuesday evening, and the ISIL jihadists have since seized 60 Kurdish villages in a lightening campaign.

Kobani is Syria’s third largest Kurdish town and capturing it would give IS control of a long stretch of the country’s northern border with Turkey.

The Observatory said fighting was continuing on Sept. 20, with heavy clashes in the vicinity of the town.

The co-chair of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, had called on "all young people" to fight against the IS. “I’m making a call for defense on the battlefront to all young people. Today, human dignity is being defended. The youth, including Turks, Kurds, Alevis and Sunnis, should resist the barbaric actions of IS,” Demirtas said Sept. 19.

 

News Code: 8422  |  Date: 2014/09/20  |  Time: 18 : 17

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