Around 2,000 Kurdish refugees have recently arrived in Iraq’s Kurdistan region from the militant-besieged Syrian city of Kobani, Press TV reports.
Speaking to Press TV, Syrian refugees at the Galiwan refugee camp, west of Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Iraqi region, said they had no choice but to leave.
“ISIL attacked our villages…,” said one man, referring to the terrorist group, which has been wreaking havoc upon the city. “We had to escape for the sake of our children,” he added.
“ISIL was firing at us with heavy weapons and we started running out of food and medicine because we were isolated. ISIL was in our villages and the Turkish borders were closed,” said a female.
“When ISIL reached Kobani, we had to leave everything behind and run towards Turkey, but we found ourselves in an even worse situation. The Turkish authorities were firing teargas at us and pushed us back forcefully from the borders,” said another male refugee.
Kobani has been the scene of a bloody war between ISIL terrorists and Kurdish forces, known as Peshmerga, since mid-September.
The ISIL terrorists control some parts of Syria and Iraq. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control.
Since late September, the US and its allies have been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
Washington has also been carrying out similar air raids against ISIL positions in Iraq since August. However, the raids have so far failed to dislodge the ISIL.