200 Syrian Kurds killed while defending Kobani against ISIL
Iran Press TV
Tue Oct 7, 2014 2:30PM GMT
Nearly 200 Syrian Kurds have lost their lives while defending the town of Kobani against the ISIL militants' attempts to capture the city.
The three-week clashes around the Syrian city of Kobani have so far claimed the lives of 170 Kurdish fighters, 20 civilians, and 220 ISIL terrorists, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Tuesday.
The UK-based group also stated that the real death toll is certainly much higher. However, it has not been able to document all the fatalities due to the inaccessibility of much of the embattled area.
Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.
The intense fighting for the strategic town has forced nearly 200,000 people to take refuge in Turkey.
Earlier on Tuesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate action to protect the civilian population in Syria's border town of Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani.
Considering the "barbarous campaign" launched by ISIL, the UN chief "urgently calls on all those with the means...to take immediate action to protect the beleaguered civilian population of Ain al-Arab," read the statement issued by his spokesperson.
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