|Kristina Fernandez |||Sep 22, 2014 01:11 AM EDT|
(Photo : Reuters) More than 70,000 Syrian Kurds fled from the Islamic State group that has ravaged more than 60 villages near the Syria-Turkey border.
More than 70,000 Kurds fled from their villages in northern Syria into neighboring Turkey over the weekend, while tens of thousands try to cross the border to escape the onslaught of the Islamic State group (ISIL).
Intensified ISIL assaults force Kurds to flee northern Syria. Kurds reported horrifying news of ISIL militants beheading people of ages in the villages they have seized, creating a climate of terror and fear that enslaves people into unquestioning obedience, Reuters reported.
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Kurdish politicians responded with appeals for the young people in southeast Syria to help their fellow Kurds fight back ISIL. The terror group has stormed at least 60 villages as they advance to the frontier town called Kobani, which is 10 miles away from the Syrian border.
A rearguard of Kurdish troops and civilians has remained in Kobani to fight back the ISIL offensive.
The attack against Kurdish communities follows a pattern of ISIL persecution of religious and ethnic minorities since the terror group declared a Muslim caliphate in June, The Guardian reported.
Previous offensives targeted minorities like the Yazidis, the Shia Turkomans, the Kurds and large Christian communities in Syria and Iraq, forcing them to flee from their villages.
Those who were captured were given the option to convert into the extremist Sunni Islam or death.
Witnesses reported of deaths, beheadings and kidnappings in areas where ISIL has advanced.
Ibrahim Binici, a Turkish official, told Reuters of the "shameful situation for humanity" happening in the Syrian border. He said that rather than a war, ISIL is performing genocides. People's heads are cut off and shown to villagers, Binici said.
As of Sunday noon, about 60,000 Kurdish refugees have crossed the Turkish border in northern Syria. More are expected to add to the already unprecedented number of refugees entering into the territory.
Since the Syrian war broke out in 2011, Turkey has already given safe haven to 1.35 million Syrians, The Guardian reported.
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