Al Jazeera reports Syrian Kurdish fighters say they have stopped the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in northern Syria near the Turkish border. The Kurdish forces engaged in heavy clashes with ISIL fighters on Monday, as the group laid siege on an area east of the city of Kobane in Aleppo province, a spokesman said. More than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have fled across the border into Turkey, escaping the advance by ISIL, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said, warning that the number would probably rise. ISIL have seized dozens of villages in the past week as they advance on the town of Ain al-Arab, called Kobane in Kurdish, near the border. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence in the Syrian war, said ISIL fighters had made no significant advance in the last 24 hours.