Syria

ISIL Takfiri militants shell refugee camp in Kobani

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The Takfiri ISIL terrorist group has shelled a camp sheltering people displaced from the volatile Syrian town of Kobani, killing two civilians.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that ISIL shelling left two civilians dead and injured four others, including a child, at a camp for the people forced by violence from Kobani to the west of the strategic town.

Syrian Kurdish forces backed by Iraqi Peshmerga fighters have been fighting to drive the ISIL terrorists out of the border town, most of whose residents have escaped.

Around 150 Peshmerga forces, armed with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft machine guns and mobile rocket launchers, entered Kobani in over a dozen trucks and jeeps last Friday from Turkey to join the anti-ISIL fight.

They received a heroes’ welcome by Turkish Kurds and Syrian Kurdish refugees.

“Of course the presence of the Peshmerga has been helpful because they’re shelling ISIS (ISIL) positions, destroying their fighters and weapons,” said Idris Nassan, a local official in Kobani.

“Because of the Peshmerga shelling, we’ve stopped ISIS (ISIL) advances in the western rural areas as well as the east and southeastern frontline of the city,” he added.

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages and killing hundreds of people. More than 200,000 people have also fled across the border into Turkey.

Syria has been grappling with a foreign-backed war for more than three years. According to the UN, more than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since its outset in March 2011.

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