War for Kobane: 13,000 terrified Kurds trapped between Isil and Turkish border
Up to 13,000 terrified Kurdish refugees trapped in dangerous no-man’s land along Syria’s border with Turkey, with Islamic State jihadis closing in
They are the forgotten people of the war for Kobane.
As the battle for control of the strategically vital border town creeps closer to a bloody denouement, between 10,000 and 13,000 terrified refugees cower on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey – trapped in a dangerous no-man’s-land between the murderous violence of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [Isil] and official Turkish suspicion towards Kurds.
Many sleep inside family cars parked next to the chicken wire border fence. Some have brought livestock with them in the hope that they can soon return to the farmlands they hastily vacated, an increasingly forlorn aspiration.
Now many have started to suffer grievously in their state of limbo after Turkey finally sealed the border to stop the flood of refugees.
Up to 50 may have died in recent days, from various causes, including starvation and stepping on landmines, say Syrian Kurdish groups.