IS kills 120 civil­ians in ‘mas­sacre’ in Syria’s Kobane

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY RANA MOUS­SAOUI

The Is­lamic State group killed 120 civil­ians in a 24-hour rampage through the Kur­dish town of Kobane in what a mon­i­tor said Fri­day was one of the ji­hadists’ “worst mas­sacres” in Syria.

The killing spree in the town, which has be­come a sym­bol of Kur­dish re­sis­tance, was widely seen as vengeance for a se­ries of defeats in­flicted on the ji­hadists by Kur­dish mili­tia in re­cent weeks.

It be­gan af­ter three IS sui­cide bombers blew up ve­hi­cles at the en­trances to the town on Thurs­day clear­ing the way for fel­low ji­hadists to en­ter.

Women and chil­dren were among the slain civil­ians whose bod­ies were found in their homes and in the streets, the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said.

“Ac­cord­ing to med­i­cal sources and Kobane res­i­dents, 120 civil­ians were ex­e­cuted by IS in their homes or killed by the group’s rock­ets or snipers,” Ob­ser­va­tory di­rec­tor Rami Ab­del Rah­man told AFP.

“When they en­tered the town, the ji­hadists took up po­si­tions in build­ings at the south­east and south­west en­trances, fir­ing at ev­ery­thing that moved.”

Lo­cal jour­nal­ist Mostafa Ali said that there was no mil­i­tary di­men­sion to the IS as­sault on Kobane.

“IS doesn’t want to take over the town. They just came to kill the high­est num­ber of civil­ians in the ugli­est ways pos­si­ble,” he told AFP.

The ji­hadist group also ex­e­cuted 26 civil­ians in a vil­lage out­side Kobane on Thurs­day, the Ob­ser­va­tory said.

“Ev­ery fam­ily in Kobane lost a fam­ily mem­ber on Thurs­day,” Kur­dish ac­tivist Arin Shekhmos said.

‘Hu­man shields’ in Kobane

The ji­hadists had en­tered Kobane at dawn on Thurs­day dis­guised as fight­ers of the Kur­dish Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG), said jour­nal­ist Ali.

They then took up po­si­tions in build­ings in the south of the town, us­ing civil­ians as “hu­man shields,” he said.

More than 1,000 flee­ing civil­ians waited on the Syr­ian side of the fron­tier with Tur­key on Fri­day, care­fully watched by the Turk­ish troops and po­lice on the other side.

Rel­a­tives who had made it to the Turk­ish side waved their hands and cried in de­spair, an AFP pho­tog­ra­pher re­ported.

Shekhmos, the Kur­dish ac­tivist, said civil­ians from those neigh­bor­hoods had fled to the Kur­dish­con­trolled parts of the city, but that the YPG had yet to get in­volved in the fight­ing.

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