Joan Ryan MP: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on attacks by ISIL on the Syrian town of Kobane.
Tobias Ellwood MP: On 25 June, the so called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant(ISIL) infiltrated Kobane and launched an attack estimated to have killed over 200 people in the city and surrounding areas. We understand that the People's Defense Units (YPG) have now driven ISIL from the city and have resumed full control.
We are watching developments closely and continue to call on all sides of the conflict to respect International Humanitarian Law and protect civilians. We are working with the authorities in Turkey and our international partners to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to those who have fled Kobane for Turkey.