The new UN envoy to Syria warned that at least 500 civilians trapped in Kobani could be massacred if the town falls.

Staffan de Mistura said in Geneva that a UN analysis showed only a small portion of Kobani remained open for people to enter or flee the town.

De Mistura said there are about 500 – 700 elderly people and other civilians still trapped in Kobani, while 10,000 – 13,000 are stuck in an area nearby, close to the Syria-Turkey border. – 10/10/2014.