Civilians trapped in Syrian town

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Published: Friday 10th October 2014 by The News Editor

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At least 500 civilians trapped in the Syrian border town of Kobani besieged by the Islamic State group could be “massacred” if it falls to the extremists, according to the new UN envoy to Syria.

Staffan de Mistura said in Geneva that a UN analysis shows only a small portion of Kobani remains open for people to enter or flee the town.

Mr de Mistura said there are about 500 to 700 elderly people and other civilians still trapped in the town, while 10,000 to 13,000 are stuck in an area nearby, close to the Syria-Turkey border.

He added that if the town falls to IS, the civilians in Kobani “will be most likely massacred” and the militants will gain control of a large section of the border region.

Published: Friday 10th October 2014 by The News Editor

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