News ID: 2969
Published: 0719 GMT October 07, 2014

Iran warns against catastrophic humanitarian situation in Kobani

Iran warns against catastrophic humanitarian situation in Kobani

Iran warned against the catastrophic humanitarian situation in the Syrian border town of Kobani, amid escalation of clashes between Takfiri terrorists and the Kurds.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Tuesday stressed the importance of supporting the Syrian government and nation in their fight against the terrorists in the region and called for supplying humanitarian aid to civilians and refugees.

She denounced the international community's indifference toward the fate of the people in Kobani and said, "The Islamic Republic of Iran will soon send humanitarian aid to residents and refugees in this area through the Syrian government."

Kobani and its vicinity have been under attack since mid-September, with the terrorists of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages. The intense fighting for the strategic town has forced nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey.

The ISIL terrorists have been trying to reach and seize control of Kobani over the past few weeks, but failed to do so amid stiff resistance by Kurdish forces.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday that Kobani is on the verge of falling to terrorists, saying a ground operation was needed to defeat the terrorists.

"The terror will not be over... unless we cooperate for a ground operation," Erdogan said in a televised speech in the eastern city of Gaziantep.

He added that airstrikes being carried out by a US-led coalition to help Kurdish fighters battling ISIL terrorists were not enough on their own.

"Months have passed but no results have been achieved. Kobani is about to fall," he told an audience mainly composed of Syrian refugees in the city's Islahiye camp.

"I am telling the West—dropping bombs from the air will not provide a solution," Erdogan said to cheers from the crowds.

The Turkish parliament last week authorized the government to take military action against ISIL terrorists, but so far no plans to carry out military operations have been announced.

Syrian Kurdish fighters have called on all Kurds across the region to take up arms against the ISIL militants.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday at least 400 people have been killed in three weeks of fighting between terrorists and Kurdish fighters in and around the Kobani.


Kurds protest across Europe


Kurdish protesters clashed Tuesday with police in at least six Turkish cities and forced their way into the European Parliament in Brussels, as part of Europe-wide demonstrations against the ISIL's advance on the Kurdish town.

The activists demanded more help for the besieged Kurdish forces struggling to hold onto the Syrian town. Some European countries are arming the Kurds or conducting airstrikes against the terrorists, but protesters say it isn't enough.

Hundreds of thousands of Kurds live elsewhere in Europe, and mobilized quickly via social networks to stage protests after the attack on Kobani.

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