Powerful Blast Shake Kobani as Clashes Ongoing

Sun Nov 9, 2014 19:25:33

A powerful explosion shook the Syrian town of Kobani on Sunday amid ongoing clashes between Kurdish fighters and militants from the ISIS group.

The explosion, which happened around 1150 GMT, was filmed from Mursitpinar, on the Turkish side of the border with Syria.

The area has witnessed fierce fighting between Kurdish peshmerga soldiers and ISIS group extremists as both sides vie for control of the town also known by its Arabic name, Ayn Al-Arab.

The US has assisted the Kurds with airstrikes.

More than 600 terrorist killed in battle of Kobane

More than 609 ISIS terrorists, have been killed in Kobane since the the group launched an offensive on the Syrian town nearly two months ago, a monitor said Sunday.
IS launched their offensive for the town -- also known as Ain al-Arab -- in mid-September.

"At least 1,013 people have been killed in fighting in Ain al-Arab from the beginning of the offensive till last night," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Another 363 of those killed were members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), 16 were Kurdish volunteers, and one was a Syrian Arab fighter who had joined the ranks of the Kurds.

There were 24 civilians among the dead, said the director of the Britain-based group which relies on a network of sources on the ground for its information.

The toll for terrorists excludes those killed in US-led strikes on the ISIS group.

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