Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State gather on Turkey’s border

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

Sep 19, – Several thousand Syrian Kurds began crossing into Turkey on Friday fleeing Islamic State fighters who advanced into their villages, prompting warnings of massacres from Kurdish leaders.

hromedia Syrian Kurds fleeing Islamic State gather on Turkey's border arab uprising2Islamic State (IS) fighters have seized villages in northern Syria over the past two days and are besieging the mainly Kurdish town of Ayn al-Arab, known as Kobani in Kurdish, on the Turkish border.

Their advance comes as the United States draws up plans for military action in Syria against the Sunni Muslim extremist group which has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and seeks to set up an Islamic caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

Turkey is already sheltering more than 1.3 million Syrian refugees and fears hundreds of thousands more, waiting in the mountains on the Syrian side of the 900-km (560-mile) border, could seek to cross as fighting escalates.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks developments in the civil war, said on Friday IS had seized three more villages near Kobani, bringing to 24 the number it had taken.

The attack on Kobani prompted a Kurdish militant call to the youth of Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast to join the fight against IS and came days after the U.S. military said the help of Syrian Kurds would be needed against the Islamist militants.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who has said the priority is to give aid on the Syrian side of the border, said he had given the order for the Syrians to be let in after receiving information that 4,000 had arrived seeking shelter.

“When our brothers from Syria and elsewhere arrive at our borders to escape death … without discrimination over religion or sect, we take them in and we will continue to take them in,” he told reporters during a trip to Azerbaijan.

Turkey is trying to persuade the United States of the need to create a “buffer zone” inside Syria, Turkish officials said, a safe haven on the border likely to require a foreign-patrolled no-fly zone where displaced civilians could be given aid.

“The establishment of a buffer zone is of great importance both for Turkey and for Syrians who have been uprooted,” a senior government official told Reuters, referring to an idea mooted this week by President Tayyip Erdogan.

Talks with U.S. officials were continuing, he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama said last week he would not hesitate to strike Islamic State, which has used Syria as a base to advance its plan to reshape the Middle East according to its radical vision of Sunni Islam.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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