The Syrian city of Kobani has witnessed large numbers of its citizens cross the border into Turkey to escape threats from Islamic State militants; however many are now returning home.
Turkish border guards only permit Syrian citizens to cross back into Syria.
The number of men going back to fight ISIL is unknown. Many have been joined by their wives and family members, claiming they would rather not live as refugees in Turkey.
“This is a national mobilisation. It’s a matter of honour. Do you think it’s possible to stay at home or go to work while in this situation? There’s a war taking place and we just can’t sit back and watch. It’s not part of our traditions to do that,” said one Kurdish fighter.
“I’ve returned to my land, to my city, to my people. Everyone here is my brother, my father and my mother. All these people are part of my nation. I am the son of this nation,” explained Mustafa, a Syrian citizen from Kobani.
As Islamic State outposts have been struck elsewhere, militants have accelerated their campaign to capture Kobani with several villages nearby reportedly under their control.
Nearly 140,000 Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey since last week, the fastest exodus of the entire three-year civil war.
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