Islamic State militants bomb Kurdish villages in northern Syria


Militants of the Islamic State (IS). File photo

ARA News 

Urfa, Turkey –On Friday, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS) bombed several Kurdish villages in the countryside of Tel Abyad (Girê Sipî) in northern Syria.

IS fighters started extended military operations against the Kurdish-populated western countryside of Tel Abyad on Thursday evening, and continued the bombardment of the villages until Friday morning. The IS-held city of Tel Abyad was used as a basis from which mortars and tank shells were fired against the western countryside –which is controlled by the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).

The villages of Tel Koberlik, al-Huriyah and Zarzouri were heavily bombed by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).

Speaking to ARA News from Tel Abyad, media activist Omid Khoshman, who accompanies the the Kurdish YPG forces, said that the IS-led operations caused enormous damage in the civilians’ houses in the western countryside of Tel Abyad, “but no casualties were reported so far”.

“Following the intensive shelling, clashes broke out between the YPG fighters and IS group at the outskirts of Tel Abyad ,” Khoshman reported.

According to Khoshman, the YPG fighters attacked strongholds of IS in the village of Bir Kino. “At least 6 IS militants were killed during Friday’s attacks.”

In a relevant context, Ahmad Hiso, spokesman of the al-Akrad Front (linked to the Free Syrian Army ‘FSA’), told ARA News: “Our fighters (al-Akrad Front) seized the villages of Hesajek, al-Hsiya and Sadd al-Shahba in the northern countryside of Aleppo, following clashes with IS militants.”

“We were able to force IS to withdraw from the three villages on Friday morning,” Hisso said.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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