Within 24 hours of re-entering Kobane as 120 civilians are killed by snipers and rockets
- ISIS fighters carried out swift attack on key city of Kobane
- Women and children killed by jihadists who 'shot at anything that moved'
- Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said every family lost someone
Women and children are among 120 civilians massacred as ISIS fired at 'anything that moved' after re-entering the key Syrian city of Kobane.
The 24-hour killing spree in the town, which has become a symbol of Kurdish resistance, was widely seen as vengeance for a series of defeats inflicted on the jihadists by Kurdish militia in recent weeks.
Jihadists attacked the town on three sides after reportedly coming across the border from Turkey, a group which monitors the country's bloody civil war said.
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Fleeing: Turkish soldiers standing guard as Syrian Kurds wait behind the barbed wired on the Syrian side after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said many of the dead were in their homes when they were killed by rocket attacks, or struck down by sharp shooters as they tried to flee.
SOHR director Rami Abdel Rahman, described it as one of the group's 'worst massacres' in the country.
'When they entered the town, the jihadists took up positions in buildings at the southeast and southwest entrances, firing at everything that moved,' he said.
'The jihadists knew that they could not stay and control the town in the face of the Kurdish forces. They came just to kill and strike a moral blow to the Kurds.'
IS launched a surprise attack on Kobane on Thursday involving three suicide bombers, just over a week after Kurdish militia ousted it from Tal Abyad, another border town further east.
Local journalist Mostafa Ali said that there was no military angle and that it had been orchestrated to cause devastation to locals.
'IS doesn't want to take over the town. They just came to kill the highest number of civilians in the ugliest ways possible,' he said.
Jihadi fighters went from house to house, butchering those inside, after using suicide bombers to penetrate defences in an attack that left at least 30 dead.
Smoke billows in the distance as fighting between ISIL and Kuridsh continues in Syria
Escape: Syrian Kurds who managed to flee Kobane wait on the Turkish border today. It follows the massacre of 120 civilians in the town
Exodus: These Syrian Kurds have managed to make it to the Turkish border, but at least 120 men, women and children were executed by ISIS following their siege on Kobane
Desperate: Men, women and children gather on the Turkish border after they fled from ISIS fighters in Kobane
Relief: Kurdish women wave to their relatives who wait near fence on the Syrian side in Suruc in Turkey's Sanliurfa province today after 120 people were killed in nearby Kobane
Waves: Relatives wave as Syrians gather in the Syrian side in Suruc in Turkey's Sanliurfa province away from the atrocities in Kobane
Gathered: Syrian Kurds waiting behind barbed wired on the Syrian side after they fled the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab today
Escape: Dozens of people can be seen making their way to the Turkish border as ISIS fighters slaughtered more than 120 innocents in Kobane
Displaced: Syrian Kurds make their way to the Turkish border after ISIS fighters took over Kobane, killing more than 120 civilians
Lucky ones: These Syrian Kurds fled when Islamic State took over the key town of Kobane
SOHR also claims ISIS militants have executed 23 Syrian Kurds in a village south of Kobane which is also known as Ayn al-Arab.
The jihadists had entered Kobane at dawn on Thursday disguised as fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), Ali said.
They then took up positions in buildings in the south of the town, using civilians as 'human shields.'
'There are at least 70 civilians in these various neighbourhoods that have been taken hostage by IS,' he added.
'The YPG has sent reinforcements and have encircled the buildings, but the situation is difficult. The YPG doesn't want to hurt the women and children there.'
More than 1,000 fleeing civilians waited on the Syrian side of the frontier with Turkey on Friday, carefully watched by the Turkish troops and police on the other side.
Relatives who had made it to the Turkish side waved their hands and cried in despair, at relatives on the other side.
Kobane was the scene of one of IS's most dramatic defeats in January when it was ousted by Kurdish militia backed by US-led air strikes after four months of heavy fighting.
Battleground: The offensive comes days after Kurdish forces captured the strategic towns of Tal Abyad and Ain Issa, placing them just 30 miles from the caliphate's self-declared capital of Raqqa in Syria
Blast: A massive explosion - believed to have been caused by an ISIS car bomb - is seen in Kobane yesterday
Carnage: The explosion was captured by a CCTV camera on the Turkish side of the Syrian border
Destruction: Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobane which is again under siege by ISIS militants who were expelled from the city by Kurdish force in January