Inside Kobani: Amid the constant fighting and airstrikes, 2,000 residents live on

Video: Nearly 50,000 people used to live in Kobani before Isis came to town

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The Independent Online

Kobani, Syria has known nothing but gunfire and destruction in recent months: besieged by Islamic State militants since mid-September; the focus of US-led airstrikes in recent weeks.

Despite thousands of Syrians fleeing the city for neighbouring Turkey since the Isis onslaught began, people still attempt to make Kobani their home.

According to an Associated Press report into the Syrian town, over 2,000 people still live in Kobani, including many children. Kobani used to be home to nearly 50,000.

The footage from Kobani shows a town of utter destruction: it is a sea of rubble and concrete shells. A glimpse inside someone's former home shows a television set amazingly untouched on a bookshelf that has been hurriedly ransacked by a family in flight, in a house that is piled with debris.

One woman who spoke to the cameras, called Parvin, comes from a nearby town and now lives in Kobani.

"A mortar fell and hit us as I carried two of my daughters, they were injured in my arms. One was seven (years old) and she was sent to Turkey and she died there," Parvin said.

Despite the constant shelling of the past weeks as Isis fights ethnic Kurds now backed up by US might, Isis militants have not yet been able to cut off the food supply in Kobani.

Footage from the AP shows a bakery in full flow, supplying bread to Kobani's civilians and its defenders.

The bakery is run by a Kurdish-Syrian group called The People's Protection Units (YPG).

Fathi Misiro, a baker at YPG, said, "This bakery shut down twenty years ago and we came and fixed it up for use in these difficult times. We have been helping people and sending bread to them daily."

The also transport the bread to some 1,000 refugees outside Kobani who are camped near the border with Turkey and near to Turkish troops.

Isis attacks can reach the area so refugees have dug foxholes to protect their children. Turkey has faced international criticism for not doing enough to help Syrian fighters in Kobani. On Sunday, Kurdish officials claimed that an Isis suicide bomb attack on Kobani was launched from across the border in Turkey.

Human rights observers from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights corroborated these reports.

The besieged Syrian border city has been under attack by Islamic State militants since mid-September, when it captured part of the town.

Kurdish fighters have been making up ground in Kobani since late October when well-armed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters joined Syrian Kurds fighting against an Isis insurgency in the area.

U.S. Central Command reported on Monday said 27 airstrikes against Isis militants had taken place since Friday, mainly targeting the group in Kobani and Raqqa in northern Syria.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 50 Isis jihadists were killed over the weekend.

The Associated Press is running a series of five exclusive reports to illustrate ongoing fighting and daily life inside Kobani, Syria.

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