SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association)-The United Nations envoy to Syria has called for an urgent international response to prevent the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from falling into the hands of ISIL Takfiri militants.
“The world has seen what happens when a city is overtaken by the terrorist group: massacres, humanitarian tragedies, rapes, horrific violence,” Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday.
He added, “The international community cannot sustain another city falling under [ISIL]. What is needed now is concrete action. The world – all of us – will regret deeply if ISIL is able to take over. We need to act now.“
“They (Kurdish fighters) have been defending themselves with great courage. But they are now very close to not being able to do so. They are fighting with normal weapons, whereas the ISIL has got tanks and mortars,” the UN official underscored.
According to reports on Wednesday, the Kurdish fighters, who know the battle field in the area much better than the Takfiris, have driven the militants out of several areas in the southern part of the strategic town.
Kurdish officials say airstrikes carried out by the US-led coalition against ISIL positions in Syria are not working.
Kobani and its surrounding have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.
The weeks-long intense battle for the strategic town, also known as Ain al-Arab, has forced nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey.