Kobane.. testimonies from a war-torn city

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Damaged residential buildings in Kobane, Oct. 27, 2014. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – “Due to shelling and clashes, half of the buildings of the city of Kobane have been destroyed and the rest uninhabitable. The market has been totally destroyed as have the minarets on the mosques, except for the Haj Khalid mosque,” says Mecho Resh, one of the few civilians who remains in the war-torn city.

Speaking to ARA News, Firas Hamza, a civic volunteer in the sole field hospital in Kobane, said: “My house is two streets away. However, I cannot reach it due to the continuous shelling.”

“I stayed in Turkey for few days. I was embarrassed to leave my hometown to seek shelter in the neighboring country. Now I am back to do something. I feel relieved,” Firas said.

Firas works as a medical volunteer where he treats civilians and Kurdish fighters who are defending Kobane against the attacks of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) militants. 

ARA News visited the field hospital, where the fearless faces of surgeons and nurses could bring patients back to life.

“We don’t care about the shelling outside. We remain focused to be able to save the injured,” said Muhammad Ali, a surgeon in Kobane field hospital.

“We are responsible here for providing medical assistance and treatment to the civilians, as well as fighters who are determined to defend the city against the brutal militants of IS,” he told ARA News, adding that any anti-IS fighter is welcomed in the hospital, regardless of their affiliation.

The city of Kobane has been under militants’ attack for nearly 40 days now. Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) as well as rebel battalions affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are battling militant fighters of the Islamic State, amid continuous airstrikes by the U.S.-led anti-IS international coalition. 

At least 800 people have been killed on both sides so far, while more than 200,000 civilians have been displaced form Kobane and received shelter in Turkey. 

 

Reporting by: Can Ali

Source: ARA News

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