Turkish Security Troops Clash with Fleeing Syrian Kurd Refugees
Clashes happened on Sunday at the Turkish-Syrian border as Turkish security troops fired tear gas and water cannons on Syrian Kurd refugees trying to flee the onslaught of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.
Syrian Kurds have been fleeing to Turkey since Tuesday, when the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant launched an offensive operation against Kurd-populated areas in the North of the country. The ISIL has captured at least 64 villages around the border city of Ayn al-Arab, which Kurds call Kobani, RT reported.
According to estimates by the UN’s refugee agency, at least 70,000 Kurds, most of them women, children and elderly people, have fled to Turkey since Saturday alone. The total number of refugees may be as high as 100,000.
Earlier the ISIL attacked the Kurd territories in the North of Iraq, sending tens of thousands of civilians on the run for their lives.