The Islamic State’s forces are once again steadily advancing on Kobane, a vital border town between Syria and Turkey. 21 people have been killed in riots by Kurds in Turkey, angered by the Turkish government’s refusal to intervene across the border.
Militant forces from the Islamic State are once again advancing on the Turkey-Syria border town of Kobane, with the aims of seizing control of it. The fighting has been going on for multiple days today, with street-to-street combat and airstrikes from the United States. Turkish military forces have set up a defensive line of tanks on the border, protecting the Mürşitpınar checkpoint.
Inside Turkey, 21 people have died through intense rioting by Kurds. They are angry that the Turkey government remains hesitant in advancing its large military presence, already positioned on the border, into the town to protect it. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara that 19 people were killed, a figure that it was later announced had risen to 21, and 145 wounded in riots across Turkey.
At least 10 people died in clashes in Diyarbakir, Turkey’s largest Kurdish city in the southeast. Others died in clashes between protesters and police in the eastern provinces of Mus, Siirt and Batman. In Istanbul, thirty people were injured – including eight police officers. The disturbances also spread to other countries with significant Turkish and Kurdish populations, with Germany reporting that clashes between ethnic Kurds and radical Islamists had left 14 injured.