Kurdish official: Kobani needs military assistance

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – A Syrian Kurdish official has called on the international community to supply weapons to the Kurdish fighters combating the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s strategic town of Kobani.

Idriss Nassan, the deputy head of Kobani’s foreign relations committee, on Thursday called for pressuring the Turkish government to open its borders to volunteers and allow delivery of ammunition for the fighters.

“The international community has to have more pressure on the Turkish government to open the border to deliver ammunition and weaponry and also to let the volunteers from Turkey – Kurdish people in Turkey – to cross and join the resistance against ISIS [ISIL] in Kobani,” he added.

Kurdish forces say they have pushed back the militants in some parts of Kobani.

“Without the airstrikes the situation would be very, very worse and YPG (Kurdish People’s Protection Units) cannot respond to ISIS alone because they brought a lot of heavy weaponry from Iraq, many military positions in Syria,” Nassan said.

According to field reports, Kurdish fighters gained grounds in the east and west of the border town on Wednesday.

Reports also indicated that heavy clashes between Kurdish fighters and ISIL militants are underway in the northwest.

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.

The ISIL advance in the region has forced tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey, which is a stone’s throw from Kobani.





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