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Tags: isis | turkey | kurds | flee

Islamic State Advance Forces Thousands of Syrian Kurds to Flee

Friday, 19 September 2014 08:27 AM

A rapid advance by Islamic State militants forced Turkey to open its border with Syria today to about 4,000 Kurdish refugees who had been denied entry for the past two days.

Hundreds of refugees streamed across a border checkpoint near the Turkish town of Suruc amid gunfire and a mortar round striking a village on the Syrian side, live CNNTurk television footage showed. Islamic State are within two kilometers of the Turkish border, CNNTurk said.

Refugees left behind flocks of sheep, trucks and other vehicles as they approached Turkish soldiers manning barbed wire defenses at the border. One woman collapsed after crossing into Turkey with her belongings and was seen being carried away by two soldiers.

“We are and we will accept all of our brothers from Syria fleeing the threat of death and seeing Anatolia as a a safe haven,” Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in televised remarks during a visit to Baku, Azerbaijan. He said a “sudden development” in Syria had lead to Turkey opening its borders.

The Kurdish refugees are the latest minority group to be targeted by Islamic State as it expands its territory in Syria and Iraq, and the exodus follows those of Christian and Yezidi ethnic minorities after they were targeted by the militants.

Militant Advance

Islamic State controls two dozen Kurdish villages around the town of Ayn-al Arab, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in an e-mail today. The militant group’s advance follows fierce clashes with the Kurdish force known as the People’s Protection Units that began on Sept. 16.

Turkey has refrained from publicly backing a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, citing concerns about 49 Turkish hostages being held by militants in Iraq since June.

Still, U.S. officials say Turkey, while avoiding public statements that could put the hostages in danger, has stepped up controls on its border with Syria.

Islamic State fighters, backed by tanks and artillery, have pushed north in the past 24 hours, according to the head of the Syrian Observatory.

Turkey is currently home to around 1.5 million refugees from the fighting in Iraq and Syria. Davutoglu, however, said today that Turkey’s priority was to aid refugees across the border as long as the security situation permits.

There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that Turkey was considering creating a buffer zone within Syria. Davutoglu’s government is expected to renew a mandate to deploy Turkish troops in Syria and Iraq if needed next month in parliament, Yeni Safak newspaper said today, without citing anyone.


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A rapid advance by Islamic State militants forced Turkey to open its border with Syria today to about 4,000 Kurdish refugees who had been denied entry for the past two days.Hundreds of refugees streamed across a border checkpoint near the Turkish town of Suruc amid gunfire...
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