09/21/2014 10:06 GMT
by Bulent Kilic
SURUC, September 21, 2014 (AFP) - Islamic State militants closed in on Syria's third-largest Kurdish town on Sunday as tens of thousands fled in terror across the border into Turkey.
The UN refugee agency said as many as 70,000 Syrian Kurds had poured into Turkey since guards cut barbed wire to open the border on Friday.
Kurdish fighters in the area, backed by reinforcements from Turkey, are battling to hold off the jihadists' advance on the strategic border town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds.