Turkey on Friday opened up its border to thousands of Kurds fleeing clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) insurgents in neighbouring Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Live television footage showed Syrian Kurd refugees, mostly women and children, crossing to the Turkish side of the border in the south-eastern village of Dikmetas, under tight security.

“We have taken in 4,000 brothers,” Davutoglu told reporters in Azerbaijan. “The entries have started now. The number might increase. Their needs will be met. This is a humanitarian mission.” […]