October 14, 2014 / 9:40 AM / 3 years ago

Syrian Kurds get arms from Iraq, but cannot send them to Kobani

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 13, 2014. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurds have received a “symbolic” amount of military aid from Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that is meant for Kobani but is stuck in northeastern Syria because Turkey will not open an aid corridor, a Syrian Kurdish official said.

The aid designed to help in the Kurdish fight against Islamic State in Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, includes ammunition for light weapons and mortar shells, said Alan Othman, media official in the Syrian Kurdish military council in the northeastern Syria, speaking to Reuters via Skype.

“It is a symbolic shipment that has remained in the Jazeera canton,” he said, using the Kurdish name for northeastern Syria.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Alison Williams

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