Turkish soldiers have tear-gassed their own citizens, something the government claimed was done for their own safety. The incident occurred at a hill that overlooks the Syrian city of Kobane, where intense fighting between Kurdish fighters and ISIS militants has resulted in over 800 deaths. Onlookers were watching the fighting from the hill when Turkish soldiers fired tear gas at them.
According to a local news agency, the soldiers ordered the onlookers to leave the hill. Some, including several journalists, complied and moved further away from Kobane, but those who stayed were tear-gassed. Numerous countries, including the US, France, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan have aided the Kurdish fighters in their assault against ISIS.