A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrian Kurds wait behind a border fence near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
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More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping an advance by ISIS jihadists, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.Meanwhile, Turkey's PKK Kurdish rebel group on Monday called on fellow Kurds to cross into Syria and combat IS insurgents besieging a town near the border, the pro-Kurdish agency Firat reported. Until the IS assault, Kobane, the third biggest Kurdish population centre in Syria, had been relatively safe, sheltering 200,000 people displaced from elsewhere in the war-torn country.Turkey's emergencies directorate, the AFAD, said authorities were clamping down at the border with Syria. After the lightening gains by IS militants in Iraq, Turkey has raised fears that weapons sent by Western countries to forces fighting the radicals may end up in the hands of the Kurdish separatist rebels -- a concern that Ankara conveyed to US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel this month.
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