Kobane, officially known as Ayn al-Arab, is a city in northern Syria. Since 2014 it has been the capital of the self-declared Euphrates Canton.
Kobane was seized by ISIS in 2014. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces liberated the city shortly thereafter.
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Summers in Kobane, like in most of the region, are usually very hot. Temperatures exceed 30° at noon in July and August, and there is no rainfall at all during summer months that could bring refreshment to the scorched city. During winter months, temperatures range from 5° to 15°, and all of Kobane's rain falls during the winter. Snowfall is rare, but possible from December to January. The best months to visit Kobane are March, April, October, and November.
The 2 railway station is on the Turkish side of the border and also inaccessible.
The city can be easily traversed by foot. There is no public transport network, so if you can't go around by foot then private taxis will be your only alternative.
As of late 2018 there is no bicycle rental system available in the city.
- 1 Resistance Monument (Qada Arîn Mîrgan, Berxwedan), Arin Mirkan Roundabout. 24/7. A monument to the Kurdish women who fought during the Siege of Kobane to liberate the city from ISIL invaders. The monument was commissioned by the Suleimania governate and designed by Kurdistan artist Zirak Mira. It depicts a Kurdish woman in traditional guerrilla clothes with angelic wings stretching from her back, and took 3 months to complete. Inaugurated in 2016, the monument is surrounded by actual ISIL tanks destroyed by female fighters during the siege. Free.
- Mizgefta Seydan Mosque.
- Nadim Center Shopping Mall, ☏ .
- Ronaha Restaurant.
- 1 Gedo Hotel (فندق جدو), Gedo Hotel, Minaz Rd, Maqtalah, Maktal. A small hotel a 2-minute walk from the city centre.
The 1 Kobane hospital is staffed but suffering from a shortage of medical supplies. If you would need serious medical treatment, you are likely to be transported to Damascus because the border crossing with Turkey is closed.
The city is under protection of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who act as its de facto police force. Aside from petty theft there is little crime in Kobane, and there has been no terrorism threat since the defeat of ISIL in 2015.
Most rubble has been cleared with the exception of the museum area, where rubble has been deliberately left as a reminder of the Siege of Kobane. Unexploded ordnance is likely to be buried under the rubble, so don't explore these ruins without a guide. When in doubt, ask SDF officers which places are safe to visit.