Wounded Peshmerga fighters arrive in Syria’s Derik following clashes with IS


Fighters of YPG and the Peshmerga walking nea the Rabiaa (Tel Kocher) border crossing. File photo

ARA News

Derik, Syria – Six members of the Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan arrived in the Syrian northeastern city of Derik (Malikiya) on Sunday to receive treatment, after being shot by militants of the Islamic State during clashes near Shingal area, north of Iraq.

Meanwhile, 15 members of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) were transferred to Derik city after being hardly injured during similar clashes against fighters of the Islamic State (IS) near the Iraqi borders.

According to sources, the YPG fighters backed the Peshmerga against IS militants in the recent clashes.

Speaking to ARA News in Derik, a source in the city’s National Hospital said that the wounded Kurdish fighters are in stable health after receiving necessary treatment.

Fierce clashes broke out on Saturday evening between the Peshmerga forces and militants of the Islamic State in the area of Shingal (120 km southwest of Nineveh) in northern Iraq, ended up with the withdrawal of the Peshmerga and the control of IS over Shingal, where Yezidi Kurds constitute a majority. While local sources reported that sporadic clashes took place in the same area on Sunday.


Reporting by: Mir Yaqub and Shivan Ali

Source: ARA News

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