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    Kurds occupy the streets of Lebanese capital, Beirut to protest over Islamic State (IS) militants’ actions, who have besieged Syrian town of Kobani (also known as Ayn Al-Arab) for a month, Lebanese news agency NNA reported Sunday.

    BEIRUT, October 12 (RIA Novosti) - Kurds occupy the streets of Lebanese capital, Beirut to protest over Islamic State (IS) militants’ actions, who have besieged Syrian town of Kobani (also known as Ayn Al-Arab) for a month, Lebanese news agency NNA reported Sunday.

    According to the news agency, protesters want to support Kurds living in Kobani and call for establishing humanitarian corridors to help those injured in fighting.

    Earlier on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that heavy fighting in Kobani resumed.

    For the past several weeks, IS militants have besieged Kobani, one of the largest towns in the Kurdish region of Syria bordering Turkey.

    The US-led airstrikes against Islamists in Syria, launched in September by US President Barack Obama’s order, have failed to stop the IS from advancing.

    The Islamic State is a Sunni jihadist group that has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In June 2014, it launched an offensive in Iraq, seizing vast areas in both countries and announcing the establishment of an Islamic caliphate on the territories under its control.

    More than 400 people have died in clashes between IS and Kurdish fighters in Kobani, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Some 200,000 refugees have crossed into Turkey to flee the IS threat.

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