President Erdoğan condemns Kobani attacks

Published 25.06.2015 00:00
Updated 26.06.2015 00:15
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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan strongly condemned Thursday's attack on Syrian town of Kobani by self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) which killed at least 20 people and criticized those who claim that Turkey is in cooperation with the terrorist organization.

Speaking on the matter on late Thursday the Turkish president said that "we condemn the hateful attack of the terrorist organization ISIS which targeted innocent civilians in the town of Kobani."

Earlier on Thursday some media outlets like the BBC and Reuters had claimed that ISIS militants entered Kobani through Turkey's Mürşitpınar border crossing in the Suruç district of the southeastern Şanlıurfa province. President Erdoğan strongly denied any sort of cooperation with such a violent attack and added that "Nobody has the right to associate Turkey with terrorist organizations".

Erdoğan emphasized that Turkey never turned its back against to those in need and never closed its gates to those who suffered. "Hence, as Turkey we took the injured Syrian civilians to our hospitals immediately after the attack. About 130 wounded people were brought to hospitals in Turkey for treatment."

The attack on Kobani took place on early Thursday as militants of the terrorist ISIS wearing uniforms resembling those of Kurdish forces, once again advanced into the Syrian town after being driven from the area by the PKK-affiliated Democratic Union Party's (PYD) armed People's Protection Units (YPG) at the end of January. The attacks were launched at three different points, killing at least 18 people and wounding some 100 others in five explosions.

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