Barzani: Ur­gent Mea­sures Needed to Pro­tect Kobane

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani urged the Kur­dish po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the in­ter­na­tional pow­ers to ur­gently give a hand to the Kur­dish cit­i­zens of Kobane in Syria against the Is­lamic State of­fen­sives.

Barzani is­sued a state­ment fol­low­ing IS of­fen­sives on the Kur­dish town of Kobane. “We ask all the Kur­dish par­ties to put their dif­fer­ences aside and unite to pre­serve the dig­nity, land and lives of the res­i­dents of Kobane,” his state­ment reads. “Pro­tect­ing of the lands and the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all of us and it has the top pri­or­ity over all other du­ties.”

Pres­i­dent Barzani stated that in­ac­tion would most prob­a­bly lead to hor­ren­dous con­se­quences, ask­ing the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and pow­ers to not al­low another hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis to hap­pen in Kobane.

Fol­low­ing the IS of­fen­sives on Kobane, tens of thou­sands f peo­ple left their houses to­wards Turk­ish bor­ders. Deputy to Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced that around 45,000 refugees crossed Turk­ish bor­ders in sev­eral past hours only. He also de­nied the re­ports that his coun­try did not open the bor­der to them, say­ing that they all al­lowed to en­ter Turkey the same day, Septem­ber 19, 2014.

IS at­tacks have been cov­ered by Kur­dish me­dia out­lets very in­ten­sively; as the Kurds in Iraq wit­nessed a sor­row­ful tragedy a month ago when IS mil­i­tants took con­trol over the dis­trict of Sin­jar, mostly Yazidi-pop­u­lated area.

The Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s Min­istry of Pesh­marga is­sued two state­ments con­demn­ing the at­tacks and say­ing that ur­gent needs are nec­es­sary to pro­tect the civil­ians.

Barzani also said in his state­ment that: “The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has to take ur­gent and nec­es­sary mea­sures to pro­tect the peo­ple of Kobane in Ro­java [Syr­ian Kur­dis­tan] from ter­ror­ists as they won’t hes­i­tate to com­mit crimes and atroc­i­ties.”

Ac­cord­ing to sources, more peo­ple are leav­ing their homes as fear of at­tacks has in­creased. The Kur­dish Peo­ple Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) has so far fought with IS mil­i­tants on many fronts. IS bom­barded the town very heav­ily with heavy weapons and the YPG fight­ers re­pulsed the at­tacks.

Ac­cord­ing to Barzani’s state­ment, the re­cent at­tacks on the Kur­dish peo­ple in Kobane are part of a “broader at­tack on the Kurds” in the re­gion. He ex­pressed his con­cern and said: “The sav­agery of the at­tacks in Western Kur­dis­tan is a gen­uine threat against the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan in gen­eral, tar­get­ing the dig­nity, honor and co­ex­is­tence of our peo­ple.”

The Demo­cratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kur­dis­tan Work­ers Party (PKK) asked the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan , in par­tic­u­lar Kurds in Bak­our [Turkey], to join the fight in Kobane to drive back the IS of­fen­sives.

Syr­ian Kurds wait to cross on Septem­ber 20, 2014 the bor­der from Syria into Turkey near the south­east­ern town of Suruc in San­li­urfa prov­ince.

Syr­ian Kur­dish women head to cross on Septem­ber 20, 2014 the bor­der from Syria into Turkey near the south­east­ern town of Suruc in San­li­urfa prov­ince.

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