Thousands of people “will most likely be massacred” if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene.
U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said Kobani could suffer the same fate as the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where 8,000 Muslims were killed by Serbs in 1995, Europe’s worst atrocity since World War Two, while U.N. peacekeepers failed to protect them.
“If this falls, the 700, plus perhaps the 12,000 people, apart from the fighters, will be most likely massacred,” de Mistura said. The United Nations believes 700 mainly elderly civilians are trapped in the town itself and 12,000 have left the centre but not made it across the border into Turkey.
via Thousands ‘will most likely be massacred’ if Kobani falls to jihadists, U.N. warns | Reuters.
Situation in West Africa
Since December 2013 and as of 5 October 2014, 8 032 cases of EVD, including 3 865 deaths, have been reported by WHO (Figure 1) .
The distribution of EVD cases by affected countries is as follows and is presented in figure 1:
Guinea: 1 298 cases and 768 deaths as of 5 October 2014;
Liberia: 3 924 cases and 2 210 deaths as of 4 October 2014;
Sierra Leone: 2 789 cases and 879 deaths as of 5 October 2014;
Nigeria: 20 cases and 8 deaths, with last confirmed case in Lagos on 5 September 2014 (30 days as of 5 October 2014) and in Rivers State on first September 2014 (34 days as of 5 October);
Senegal: 1 case, no deaths, confirmed on 28 August 2014 (38 days as of 5 October). All contacts have completed 21 days of follow-up.
via News – Epidemiological update: outbreak of Ebola….
Turkish tank crews will continue to look on as bombs and airstrikes demolish the border town and degrade the YPG in the process.
via B-1B Lancer Spotted Over Kobane | Open Source IMINT.
“That’s why the bison has always represented something deeply spiritual to our tribal ancestors and why it’s important for us to reintroduce bison within our homelands. Today, we are able to reconnect the Cherokee Nation with a prominent part of our history and our cultural roots.”
via Bison Return to Cherokee Natio.
Bison were once native to parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee (Cherokee land before forced to Oklahoma)
adella continued to say that “good karma” would ensure women were compensated fairly for their work. His interviewer at the event, Maria Klawe, the president of Harvey Mudd College and a Microsoft director, drew applause when she said Nadella’s viewpoint was “one of the very few things that I disagree with you on.”
via Microsoft CEO apologizes for comments on women | Business | DW.DE | 10.10.2014.
More than 30 people had been killed and 360 injured at anti-government demonstrations in different parts of southeastern Turkey as of Friday. Unrest boiled over in response to the government’s perceived inaction against militants from the self-proclaimed “Islamic State,” who were inching closer to taking the border town of Kobani in Syria.
via Protests and deaths around Turkey over handling of Kobani | News | DW.DE | 10.10.2014.
Dozens of Israeli settlers protected by soldiers burned and damaged olive trees on Palestinian lands in the Yasuf village near Salfit in the northern West Bank on Friday, the second suck attack in the last two days.
Settlers from the Kfar Tappuah settlement set fire to and damaged several olive trees on Friday while Israeli soldiers in the area stood by watching, eyewitnesses said.
The lands that were attacked reportedly belonged to Nafiz and Issam Ali Mansour.
Issam Abu Bakr, mayor of Salfit, warned farmers against the “settlers’ attacks” and recommended residents work in groups in the lands close to nearby Jewish-only settlements.
The attack in Yasuf follows a similar incident Thursday near Aqraba, south of Nablus, where settlers from Itamar reportedly attacked dozens of Palestinian farmers and sought to steal their olive crop.
The attacks come as the 2014 olive harvest, a major source of income for Palestinian farmers, begins across the northern West Bank, and just weeks before harvesting begins across the south.
Attacks on the fall harvest are a key way that Palestinians are forced out of their homes and their lands confiscated for settlement construction, as the loss of a year’s crop can signal destitution for many.
via Settlers attack Palestinian olive farmers for 2nd time in 2 days | Maan News Agency.