Turkey bombards Kobani, wounds civilians and Kurdish fighters
Turkey bombards the Syrian border city of Kobani, wounding civilians and Kurdish fighters in the strategic area.
“Under the pretense of stopping an ISIS attack on Turkey, the Turkish army bombarded the center of Kobani with tanks and artillery,” Kurdish newspaper Rudaw quoted Anwar Muslim, the co-chairman of Kobani, as saying on Saturday.
“A number of civilians and fighters have been wounded,” Muslim added.
Urban warfare was raging on in different parts of the key city between ISIL militants and fighters belonging to the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Peshmerga forces, he further said.
“The YPG and Peshmerga have countered all the attacks, the fighting is still going on and we have a number of wounded,” Muslim said.
He also pointed that Kurds are in control of most parts of Kobani, adding that the Takfiri militants have “mined the few parts of the city that are under their control.”
The ISIL Takfiri militants battling Kurdish forces in Kobani mounted an attack along the border between the flashpoint city and neighboring Turkey on Saturday.
Kobani defense chief, Ismet Hassan, said that ISIL members detonated a car bomb at the Syrian side of the border between the city and neighboring Turkey, followed by a fierce exchange of fire between the terrorists and Kurdish fighters.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosive-laden car crossed over from the Turkish side of the border.
The UK-based group said on November 9 that more than 1,000 people had been killed in the battle for Kobani since the beginning of the fight in mid-September.
As a result of the violence, more than 200,000 Kobani residents have also fled across the border into Turkey.
The ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have committed terrible atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and the beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.