Turkey continues to provide humanitarian assistance to Syria’s Kobani

Published 30.06.2015 15:55

Turkey continues to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrians fleeing clashes between the warring sides in the northern town of Kobani, a district governor said on Tuesday.

A temporary accommodation center has been established in the Suruç district of Turkey's southeastern Şanlıurfa province which can host up to 35,000 people.

Suruç District Governor Abdullah Çiftçi told Turkey's state-run press agency AA that Turkey has been taking good care of the people of Kobani by providing them with aid and hosting them as refugees.

"We did not forget our neighbors in Kobani after the recent bomb attacks and delivered 10 trucks of humanitarian aid from different parts of Turkey," Çiftçi said.

"We will continue to stand by our neighbors and share their pain at all costs," he added.

Thousands of people in Kobani have been affected in the almost nine months of fierce clashes between the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militiants and pro-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) affiliated fighters in and around the town.

According to new figures released by the Turkish Prime Ministry's press section on Saturday, Turkey is hosting 194,000 civilians displaced from Kobani alone.

Turkey has sent nearly 2,000 vehicles with humanitarian aid to the people in Kobani since September 19, 2014.

The deadly bomb attack in Kobani last Thursday left nearly two dozens of people killed and at least 130 others wounded, sparking a new bout of fighting between Kurdish forces and ISIS after the Kurdish-majority town was overrun by the terrorist group last September.

The Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD), the Turkish Red Crescent and many other public institutions have been also involved in the efforts to welcome Syrian refugees.

Turkey shares an estimated 900-kilometer long border with Syria, with about 13 border crossings. Some on the Syrian side are now under ISIS's control, including Tal Abyad in the Raqqa province.

More than 1.7 million registered Syrian refugees were taken in by Turkey since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, according to the UNHCR.
The Syrian-Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG), the PYD's military wing, has been accused in the past of attempting to change the region's demographic make-up. Turkey has designated PYD as a terror organization.

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