Barzani: Urgent Measures Needed to Protect Kobane
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.