World will "deeply regret" takeover of Kobane in Syria: UN envoy

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Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The world will "deeply regret" the take over of the city of Kobane in northern Syria, also known as Ayn Al-Arab, a senior UN envoy for the country has warned.

For the past three weeks, the city of 400,000 inhabitants has been under siege by the Islamist militant group ISIS, also called ISIL.

According to the UN human rights office, the militants have intensified indiscriminate shelling in various parts of the town, and have broken through trenches dug by Kurdish fighters.

They have also reportedly taken control of a number of buildings.

Staffan de Mistura, the UN Special Envoy for Syria says the defenders of the city need international support.

"They are fighting with normal weapons, whereas the ISIS has got tanks and mortars. The international community needs to defend them. The international community cannot sustain another city falling under ISIS. Turkey has been very generous in receiving more than 200,000 of its inhabitants but what is needed now is concrete action. The world, all of us, will regret deeply if ISIS is able to take over a city which has defended itself with courage but is close to not being able to do so. We need to act now.”  (37″)

The civil war in Syria has been ongoing for the last three years.

A number of terrorist organizations, like ISIS  have emerged from the conflict.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration:  1’32″

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