Turkish army uses tear gas to move press, Kurds from border: AFP

Turkish army uses tear gas to move press, Kurds from border: AFP
Kurdish refugees evacuate the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds, at the border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border

SURUC, Turkey - The Turkish security forces on Monday used tear gas to push dozens of reporters and Kurdish civilians away from the border zone close to intense fighting for the besieged Syrian town of Kobane.

The armed forces employed tear gas for the second day in a row to push people back from the border area which has become increasingly dangerous owing to mortars fired from Syria, an AFP correspondent reported.

"Leave or else we will intervene," the security forces ordered through loudspeakers on trucks.

Reporters, as well as local Kurds who are anxiously watching the fight for Kobane between Kurdish fighters and Islamic State (IS) militants, have now been pushed back to some 700 metres from the border.

The security forces had already on Sunday afternoon ordered them away from the immediate vicinity of the border area towards the town of Suruc after a mortar wounded five people on Turkish territory.

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