Qamishli, Syria− Three members of the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) were killed during clashes with Islamist fighters near Tel Hamis town, in Hasakah province northeast Syria.
Activists reported that the Kurdish YPG forces took over the town of Tel Birak earlier this week, but fierce clashes broke out between the group and Islamist fighters in Tel Hamis, causing a number of casualties in the ranks of the YPG, among them three were killed.
The YPG and the Islamist fighters are in conflict for control in Syria’s north since November 2012.
Last week, the YPG forces reportedly taken over the villages of Abu Tweineh, Matmuseh and Quetleh in the suburbs of Tel Hamis town, but didn’t succeed in controlling the town itself,sources said.
Meanwhile, a military source in the ranks of Islamist Ahrar al-Sham Movement told ARA News that the group’s fighters took over heavy weapons that belong to the YPG forces near Tel Hamis. However, the YPG denied that.
Activists said that the fighting between the Kurdish YPG fighters and the Islamist battalions still continues on the outskirts of Tel Hamis (35 km south of Qamishli).
Several sources confirmed the arrival of large reinforcements to Ahrar al-Sham Movement −which works under the umbrella of the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF)− to continue its battles against the YPG.
In a linked development, the head of the Kurdish People Council in Qaddour Beik neighbourhood in the city of Qamishli, Khalid Tammo, was exposed to an assassination attempt on Sunday. Tammo’s car was uploaded by explosive substances, and its explosion resulted in serious injuries for the People Council head, but he is still alive as sources in Qamishli National Hospital confirmed.
Notably, the most prominent Islamist battalions participating in military operations in the Kurdish region are the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham ISIS, al-Nusra Front, the Islamic Movement of Ahrar a-Sham and other battalions and brigades.
Reporting by: Miran Hussein and Egid Ibrahim
Source: ARA News
(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid)
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