Kobane: dozens of civilians stranded in war-torn city


Kurdish doctor investigating an old woman in the medical center of Kobane city, where dozens of civilians are still stranded in the war-torn area near the Turkish border, Oct. 13, 2014. Photo: Welat Omar

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Dozens of Kurdish civilians are still stranded in the war-torn Syrian border city of Kobane, according to Dr. Welat Qadir, who has established a field hospital with a few other doctors in Kobane for treatment of those civilians, as well as injured Kurdish fighters, who are defending the city against militants fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).

Qadir posted several photos of civilians visiting the medical center in the city of Kobane. The photos, published on Qadir’s Facebook page, showed the doctor next to an old man and some women and children carrying bread in one of the center’s rooms.

“They came to the center asking for food and water,” Qadir told ARA News on the phone.

Speaking to ARA News from Kobane, Dr. Mohammad Arif Ali said: “There are some civilians in the city and they resort to the medical center and other service institutions to get their needs and treatment.”

Ali pointed out that relief assistance did not arrive in Kobane for more than twenty days with the exception that some supplies from the Kurdish civic organization of Bahar arrived a few days ago.

“Kobane does not receive any assistance due to interference from the Turkish authorities’ by virtue of enforcing strict procedures on Mursidpinar border crossing between Turkey and Kobane. The Turkish border police even made people’s movement difficult, whether injured civilians or fighters who defended the city,” Ali said.

Ali mentioned the daily life losses among people of Kobane as “the injured wait for long hours at the border to be allowed to cross into Turkey to receive urgent treatment.”

“Displaced people stuck at the borders recently started to resort to our center for treatment, after the International Red Cross left the borders following the orders of the Turkish government,” Ali told ARA News, pointing out that first aid materials and other medical necessities would be depleted soon.

The UN envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura mentioned on Saturday that 500- 700 people including elderly are still stranded in the city of Kobane.


Reporting by: RedwanBizar

Source: ARA News

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