UN chief Ban Ki Moon urges action to prevent Kobane 'massacre'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, near the Turkish-Syrian border on Oct 12, 2014. UN chief Ban Ki Moon Sunday urged action to prevent a "massacre" of civilians in Kobane, saying thousands of lives were at stake as militants battled Kur
Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, near the Turkish-Syrian border on Oct 12, 2014. UN chief Ban Ki Moon Sunday urged action to prevent a "massacre" of civilians in Kobane, saying thousands of lives were at stake as militants battled Kurdish defenders. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - UN chief Ban Ki Moon Sunday urged action to prevent a "massacre" of civilians in the Syrian town Kobane, saying thousands of lives were at stake as jihadists battled Kurdish defenders.

"Thousands of lives are at stake. I once again call on all the parties to stand up to prevent a massacre of civilians in Kobane," Ban said.