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ISIS Reportedly Enters Syria's Kurdish City Of Kobani Near Turkey Border

Kurdish fighters say their forces clashed with ISIS militants in Kobani, a day after Turkish lawmakers authorized military incursions against the extremist group.

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Updated — Oct. 6, 2014 11:45 a.m. ET

Jenan Moussa, with Arabic Al Aan TV, live-tweeted the battle for Kobani between ISIS and Kurdish forces on Monday.

ISIS seems determined to enter #Kobane today. So much shelling and machine gun fire. It just never stops.

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

ISIS seems determined to enter #Kobane today. So much shelling and machine gun fire. It just never stops.

8:06 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We were on roof spotting ISIS fighters. Someone shot right over our heads. We all fell down &then left roof. @akhbar

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

We were on roof spotting ISIS fighters. Someone shot right over our heads. We all fell down &then left roof. @akhbar

11:25 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A Kurdish activist confirmed Monday that ISIS had entered Kobani from both east and west.

#Break 'ISIS entered #Kobane from both east &west. They are in the city. Street fights raging' Kurdish activist in #Kobane tells me. @akhbar

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

#Break 'ISIS entered #Kobane from both east &west. They are in the city. Street fights raging' Kurdish activist in #Kobane tells me. @akhbar

11:22 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Moussa said that contrary to reports of coalition airstrikes targeting ISIS fighters, there were no strikes seen or heard today.

For those asking about coalition airstrikes: No strikes whatsoever today. There are even no planes in sky above #kobane. @akhbar

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

For those asking about coalition airstrikes: No strikes whatsoever today. There are even no planes in sky above #kobane. @akhbar

7:45 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kurdish guy from #Kobane tells me: we hoped American planes will help us. Instead American tanks in hands of ISIS are killing us. @akhbar

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

Kurdish guy from #Kobane tells me: we hoped American planes will help us. Instead American tanks in hands of ISIS are killing us. @akhbar

8:58 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Two ISIS flags and five fighters were spotted on a hill in Kobani.

I confirm pic. NOW 2ISIS guys sitting 10meters left of flag on hill RT @ivan_sindy 2 ISIS flags in #Kobane @akhbar

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

I confirm pic. NOW 2ISIS guys sitting 10meters left of flag on hill RT @ivan_sindy 2 ISIS flags in #Kobane @akhbar

10:57 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kurdish forces evacuated the last of civilians out of Kobani but Moussa reported that some people were still stuck in the city.

Civilians still being evacuated from #Kobane. Just saw 2 big trucks &2 vans full of women, kids &men brought 2 Turkey

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

Civilians still being evacuated from #Kobane. Just saw 2 big trucks &2 vans full of women, kids &men brought 2 Turkey

9:23 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bit scary here. @jenanmoussa & I hiding with civilians behind wall, very loud explosions, bullets flying everywhere.

Harald Doornbos@HaraldDoornbosFollow

Bit scary here. @jenanmoussa & I hiding with civilians behind wall, very loud explosions, bullets flying everywhere.

7:05 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kurds on Turkish border watch battle of #Kobane. One says 'town might fall but our brothers will fight till last man'

Jenan Moussa@jenanmoussaFollow

Kurds on Turkish border watch battle of #Kobane. One says 'town might fall but our brothers will fight till last man'

10:00 AM - 06 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

ISIS fighters entered the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria early Friday, CNN reported.

CNN BREAKING: ISIS Fighters Enter Kobani, the Kurdish city in Syria near the border with Turkey

Vaughn Sterling@vplusFollow

CNN BREAKING: ISIS Fighters Enter Kobani, the Kurdish city in Syria near the border with Turkey

6:56 AM - 03 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A Kurdish fighter told CNN that the Islamic militants had taken control of the southwest corner of the besieged city, which is located near Turkey's border.

ISIS enters Kobani from SW; controls that corner of city on Syrian-Turkish border, Alan Minbic, fighter with Kurdish YPG, tells CNN

Ram Ramgopal@RamCNNFollow

ISIS enters Kobani from SW; controls that corner of city on Syrian-Turkish border, Alan Minbic, fighter with Kurdish YPG, tells CNN

6:11 AM - 03 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Fierce clashes have reportedly broken out between Kurdish forces and ISIS fighters as the extremist group attempted to take control of Kobani.

#Breaking life picture: #Kobani is under heavy shelling and sources confirming that #ISIS militants entered the City.

Barzan Sadiq@SeniorBFollow

#Breaking life picture: #Kobani is under heavy shelling and sources confirming that #ISIS militants entered the City.

6:56 AM - 03 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Kurdish fighters are using snipers to repel the ISIS attack. They destroyed an ISIS tank in the east of Kobani, CNN reported.

Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Smoke rises from Kobani during clashes between ISIS and Kurdish armed groups.

The attack on Kobani comes a day after Turkish lawmakers voted to give the government power to order military incursions against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Murad Sezer / Reuters

Turkish soldiers stand guard near Mursitpinar border crossing as smoke rises in Kobani.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Friday that Turkey would do what it can to prevent Kobani from falling to ISIS insurgents. "We wouldn't want Kobani to fall," he said.

More than 150,000 refugees have fled Kobani in the past two weeks as ISIS advanced towards the city, taking control of northern and eastern Syria in its attempt to establish a new Islamic state.

AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici

A Turkish soldier stands guard as Syrians from Kobani wait behind barbed wires to enter Turkey at the Turkey-Syria border crossing of Yumurtalik near Suruc, Turkey.

Around 4,000 refugees from Kobani crossed into Turkey on Wednesday alone, according to Turkish officials. Thousands were evacuated on Thursday as Kurdish fighters prepared to defend Kobani from the impending ISIS attack.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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