ISIS Carry Out A 24-Hour Killing Spree In Syria: Worst Massacre in the country

They came to just to kill and strike a moral blow to the Kurds.'

Women and children are among 120 civilians massacred as ISIS fired at ‘anything that moved’ after re-entering the key Syrian city of Kobane.

The 24-hour 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.

Jihadists attacked the town on three sides after reportedly coming across the border from Turkey, a group which monitors the country’s bloody civil war said.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said many of the dead were in their homes when they were killed by rocket attacks, or struck down by sharp shooters as they tried to flee.SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahman, described it as one of the group’s ‘worst massacres’ in the country.

‘When they entered the town, the jihadists took up positions in buildings at the southeast and southwest entrances, firing at everything that moved,’ he said.

‘The jihadists knew that they could not stay and control the town in the face of the Kurdish forces. They came just to kill and strike a moral blow to the Kurds.’

IS launched a surprise attack on Kobane on Thursday involving three suicide bombers, just over a week after Kurdish militia ousted it from Tal Abyad, another border town further east.

Local journalist Mostafa Ali said that there was no military angle and that it had been orchestrated to cause devastation to locals.’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 said.Jihadi fighters went from house to house, butchering those inside, after using suicide bombers to penetrate defences in an attack that left at least 30 dead.

SOHR also claims ISIS militants have executed 23 Syrian Kurds in a village south of Kobane which is also known as Ayn al-Arab.The jihadists had entered Kobane at dawn on Thursday disguised as fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Ali said.

They then took up positions in buildings in the south of the town, using civilians as ‘human shields.”There are at least 70 civilians in these various neighbourhoods that have been taken hostage by IS,’ he added.’The YPG has sent reinforcements and have encircled the buildings, but the situation is difficult. The YPG doesn’t want to hurt the women and children there.’

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, at relatives on the other side.Kobane was the scene of one of IS’s most dramatic defeats in January when it was ousted by Kurdish militia backed by US-led air strikes after four months of heavy fighting.

In the months since, forces of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have advanced from Kobane in Aleppo province into neighbouring Raqqa province, a stronghold of ISIS.

In recent days, they captured the strategic town of Tal Abyad, also on the border with Turkey, and pushed towards ISIS’s de facto Syrian capital of Raqqa city in the Euphrates valley to the south.

In an apparent bid to seize back the initiative, ISIS wrested positions from the Syrian army in an assault on the north-eastern city of Hasaka, while also launching an attack on the Kurdish-held town of Kobane at the Turkish border.Islamic State began the insurgency by setting off a car bomb near the border crossing between Kobane and Turkey.

ISIS fighters briefly entered Barkh Butan around 12 miles south of Kobane that morning but withdrew after coalition air strikes targeted the area, according to the director of SOHR.

More Pictures From Kobane

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Source: By Kate Pickles and Simon Tomlinson for MailOnline

One Response to ISIS Carry Out A 24-Hour Killing Spree In Syria: Worst Massacre in the country

  1. Nkosi June 27, 2015 at 12:58 am

    Its so painful to see people crying over things which they dont have control over.The kids look hopeless and those old ladies look like they would rather be underground.However the 2nd picture says it all, that lady really needs a hug


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