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Kurdistan

Casualties mount as fighting resumes in Kurdish Kobani

By Rudaw 26/6/2015
Kobani

KOBANI, Syria – Fighting resumed in the Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane on Thursday and casualties mounted, a day after the Islamic State (ISIS) group launched a wave of deadly car bombs and assaults.

At least 100 people have died and about 150 wounded, according to the latest figures by a Rudaw correspondent on the scene.

"The fighting, which had stopped since 9 pm last night, began again in the early morning,” Rudaw’s correspondent said, adding that the town’s Kurdish defenders are battling the radical group around the Mshtanour hospital.

On Thursday, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement that the day’s fighting had killed 45 civilians and that its fighters had killed 30 of the militants.

The militants are reportedly surrounded by YPG fighters in several areas of Kobani. As the fight continues, the numbers of civilians who died and wounded have reached up to hundreds.

“At least 100 civilians, including women and children, died and up to 150 people are wounded, some in critical health situation” our reporter said.

Kobani was liberated in January after months of heavy fighting. The town is a powerful symbol of Kurdish resistance to ISIS, some referring to it as the "Kurdish Stalingrad."

Comments

 
Perry de Havilland
Perry de Havilland | 26/6/2015
The key point that needs to be made LOUDLY is that these Daesh infiltrated into Kobani FROM TURKEY.
Paul | 26/6/2015
The Kurds must launch an attack Raqqa as soon as possible. Attack is the best form of defence.
manou | 26/6/2015
isis can't enter shia cities , the only cities the enter without effort are sunni cities . how come they enter so easily to kurdish cities ? only way for kurds is to resisit and defend their territory . once and for all put aside divisions . we can't always be on the run this time is different kurds have the support of international community to some etend ,that's why they should defend themselves who else wil do that ? turkey is definitely involved in thèses attacks in kobani , no matter how even if it's by its inaction and silence .this fact should be said over and over again
Cewlik | 26/6/2015
isis entered Kobane from turkey. How can terrorist turkey which occupies Kurdish land, commits massacres against Kurdish people with NATO weapons and which supports isis the most barbaric terrorist group can still be part of NATO? Kick terrorist isis supporting turkey out of NATO!
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