In this Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 file photo, Syrian Kurd Kiymet Ergun, 56, weeps standing in Mursitpinar, on the outskirts of Suruc, Turkey. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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With medical supplies depleted in the war-ravaged north Syrian town of Kobani, Kurdish activist Blesa Omar rushed three comrades wounded in battle against ISIS fighters straight to the border to dispatch them to a Turkish hospital.The anger has brought violence to Turkey itself: Turkey's 15 million-strong Kurdish minority rose up last week in riots in which at least 35 people were killed.Turkey says it has been generous to Kurds, taking in 200,000 refugees from the Kobani area since ISIS fighters launched their offensive four weeks ago.Some 70 doctors from Turkey and Europe have descended on Suruc to help treat the wounded.Nevertheless, Turkey has refused to join the U.S.-led coalition fighting against ISIS, saying it must also confront Syrian President Bashar Assad.The government views Syrian Kurds with suspicion because of their close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), deemed a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and Europe for its 30-year armed campaign for self-rule in Turkey. An estimated 200 PKK rebels are fighting in Kobani alongside Syrian Kurds.
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