Kobane: Kurdish forces respond to militants’ major attack

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG training in Sere Kaniye town, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – On Saturday, at least 40 fighters on both sides were killed as the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) clashed in the Syrian border city of Kobane, military sources reported.

The Kurdish forces were exposed to a major attack by the IS extremists in the city of Kobane, as the radical group used the Turkish territory to attack the city, YPG-linked sources told ARA News

Five ISIS suicide bombers blew themselves up using cars and explosive belts near the besieged Kurdish city, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. 

The western suburbs of Kobani also saw clashes between the YPG and the IS group, with the latter using tanks to advance towards the city.

At least 110 shells hit Kobane, targeting headquarters of the Kurdish forces, the observatory reported.

“Our forces responded to the terrorists’ offensive and prevented them from entering the city,” Kurdish military sources in the war-torn city said, adding that 8 YPG fighters were killed, while the IS group lost more than 30 militants during Saturday’s clashes.

Meanwhile, the U.S.-led international coalition’s warplanes carried out several airstrikes against IS-held areas in the vicinity of Kobane.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

Source: ARA News 

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