Syria's Kurds continue to flee

Published October 3rd, 2014 - 04:00 GMT

Thousands of Syrian Kurds continue to flee into Turkey to escape Islamic State militants.

This comes as clashes continued between Kurds in the border town of Kobani and the IS militants on Thursday.

Some 170,000 Kurds have so far crossed the border into Turkey over the past two weeks. Most of the refugees have found shelter in the Turkish border town of Suruc.

The constantly growing number of refugees has raised fears over the plight of Syrian Kurds in Turkey.

The Turkish government has come under fire for incidents where border guards have resorted to tear gas against refugees attempting to cross the border.

Ankara has also prevented Kurds in Turkey from crossing the border to join their brothers in Syria in the fight against IS terrorists that are reportedly preparing to launch attacks on Kobani.

Turkey currently hosts nearly 1.5 million Syrians who have fled the conflict back home.

Despite the retreat of Kurdish fighters from the west of Kobani, fighting reportedly rages on in the eastern and southern flanks of the town, which remains under constant shelling by IS.

The militants have had the strategic Syrian town under siege for the past several days.

IS has committed barbarous acts in the areas it has taken over in Syria as well as Iraq.

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