France calls on Turkey to open border with Kobani

French President Francois Hollande says "Turkey must absolutely open its border" to save the town.

France calls on Turkey to open border with Kobani

World Bulletin/News Desk

France has called on Turkey to open its border with the Syrian town of Kobani that is under attack by the ISIL.

Speaking to the media during his visit to the Arab World Institute in Paris Tuesday, French President Francois Hollande said "Turkey must absolutely open its border."

“We also have to give the moderate Syrian opposition group all the support and all the help necessary," Hollande said.

The militant group is now said to be on the verge of taking over the town on the Turkish-Syrian border. An estimated 200,000 Syrian-Kurd refugees have already fled into Turkey from the volatile area over the past three weeks.

The ISIL, which already controls parts of Syria, has extended its reach into Iraq since June 10 when it seized the country’s second-largest city, Mosul.

According to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, at least 24,015 civilians were killed or injured in Iraq during the first eight months of 2014.

The group is overall blamed for making around 1.2 million Iraqis – including Turkmen, Arabs, Christians and  Ezidis – refugees.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2014, 23:06

Muhammed Öylek