ISIL fighters expelled from Kurdish town, a day after they killed hundreds in apparent act of vengeance 

Activists

June 27, Doha: Kurdish forces have recaptured Syria’s Kobane from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, activists and a monitoring group say.

Kurdish forces managed to force ISIL out of the Kurdish town following days of deadly clashes, activists and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

“Kurdish forces recaptured Kobane and are battling any ISIL fighters left inside the town. Mashta Nour hospital has been recaptured. The situation here is very critical as many families are in need of aid, especially water,” an activist told Al Jazeera over phone from Kobane.

“ISIL killed more than 300 civilians in Kobane in the past 24 hours. They [ISIL] were disguised as Kurdish forces and had women disguised with them too.”

The activist, who witnessed killings from his rooftop, said that ISIL fighters “knocked on doors claiming they were here to help, they spoke Kurdish, then barged into homes and shot everyone in front of them”.

“Women and children are on the streets, there are dead bodies everywhere. All we can hear are screams and cries for help,” he said.

“I counted 33 bodies as my wife and I escaped west of town. They shot and killed my mother-in-law in front of us; then when my uncle ran to pick her up from the road, they shot and killed him too.

“We were all clearing the streets of dead bodies. At one point we had to bury three bodies at a time because there was no place to bury all the people.”

Activists told Al Jazeera that while many of those injured were transported to Turkey, still many others bled to death on the streets of Kobane.

For their part, Turkish officials said more than 150 people were being treated in hospitals after crossing the border.

The Oslo Times and Agencies

 

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