Casualties among Kurdish forces north Syria

26-07-2013

 

ARA News

Sere Kaniye, Syria − As violence started recently to escalate between Kurds and Islamists in different Kurdish areas in Syria, fierce clashes took place on Wednesday between the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and Islamist armed fighters of the ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) in Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain.

The ISIS is backed by the al-Qaeda affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra in its fight against Kurds in Syria, while the YPG is supported by the Kurdish brigade of Janhat al-Akrad.

According to sources in the village, the clashes began when the ISIS started to randomly bombard the southern district of the city of Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain by mortar from their strongholds in Tel Halaf, Ain alHisan, and alMishrafeh villages (outskirts of the city of Sere Kaniye).

On the other side, as clashes lasted till the early morning on Wednesday, the YPG targeted strongholds of the Islamic groups in the area.

One of the missiles had dropped near one of the YPG’s barriers at Amin wedding-hall on the road between Sere Kaniye and Tel Temir, resulting in the death of four members of the Kurdish forces. At least four others were injured, one of them at risk, sources said.

In a linked context, villages of al-Dawoodiya, al-Salehiya in the suburb of Sere Kaniye −with a Kurdish majority− reportedly witnessed mortar shelling fired from nearby villages, led to serious casualties among the villagers.

Since the Kurdish forces of the YPG has controlled the city of Sere Kaniye last week −while Islamists have been expelled from the city− sporadic mortar shelling was carried out by the ISIS and al-Nusra fighters from their strongholds in the suburb of the city, resulting in the death of two civilians and wounding others, sources told ARA News.

Remarkably, the city of Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain is witnessing a gradual evacuation among civilians towards the relatively safe neighbouring towns and villages, fleeing from the random shelling of the Islamic armed groups.

 

Report by: Muntasir Mirzo

Source: ARA News

 

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