The Kurdish People's Protection Unit, known by its Kurdish initials YPG, told that clashes were still raging in the eastern and southern parts of Kobani with no major advance from either side. Reports from Buyuk Kendirli on the Turkey-Syria border, said the fighting had evolved into guerrilla warfare, sparking street-to-street battles between the Kurds and IS.
IS's pre-dawn attack on Saturday came a day after the armed group overran the Kurdish headquarters in the border town, sparking fears they would cut off the last escape route to neighboring Turkey. US-led coalition jets also carried out six air strikes on ISIL positions on Friday and Saturday, destroying a staging building, two small units, three trucks and damaging a command and control facility, the US Central Command said.
The strikes, which are aimed at rolling back gains by the IS, appear to have done little to blunt its onslaught on Kobani that began in mid-September. Since IS launched their offensive on Kobani, at least 500 people have been killed and more than 200,000 have been forced to flee across the border into Turkey.
On Friday, the UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, warned that around 12,000 civilians were still in or near Kobani and were at risk of being "massacred". The number included around 700 mainly elderly people in the town center.