October 14, 2014 / 9:40 AM / 4 years ago

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

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.

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

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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