On Friday, the Turkish government opened its borders to Syrian refugees in order to escape the fatal attacks of Islamic State militants who have seized several villages in Syria.

The Islamic State’s progression towards northern Syria caused Kurds in Syria to panic due to the rising bloodbath in Ayn al-Arab (Kobani in Kurdish), a town close to the Turkish border. They are fleeing from ISIS’s advances into new territories.

“Around 45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed the border as of now from eight entrance points along a 30km distance from Alcakale to Mursitpinace since we have opened the border yesterday,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said.

This number has gone up to about 60,000 Syrian Kurd refugees.

 

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The crossing of borders was controlled by Turkish policemen and soldiers through eight entrance points close to the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa.

Reports claim 18 Islamic State fighters were killed amidst struggles with the Syrian Kurds during the advancement into the Syrian villages.

ISIS (also known as ISIL) has been aiming to eradicate non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq ever since they gained power in 2011.

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