BEIRUT – At least 1,607 people have been killed in the offensive launched four months ago by Islamic State militants against the Syrian Kurdish enclave Kobani, on the border with Turkey; a large majority of which were jihadists, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
As many as 1,091 members of the terrorist group were killed, including 49 jihadists who committed suicide attacks in Kobani and its outskirts, said the London-based NGO.
At least 462 fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and internal security forces were killed in clashes with jihadist combatants.
At least 21 other fighters belonging to different Syrian rebel factions who supported the Syrian Kurdish forces have been killed in fighting against IS militias.
Meanwhile, 32 Kurdish civilians were killed in Kobani, of which at least 17 were executed by the jihadists, four of them by beheading.
The observatory said it believes the overall death toll could be higher, citing extreme secrecy about casualties being enforced by both the Islamic State and Kurdish forces.
The Islamic State began its offensive on Kobani on Sept. 16. In recent weeks, Kurdish forces have managed to repel the jihadists and recover large swaths of the city.