Armed groups plant mines in Kurdish villages north Syria



ARA News

Tel Abyad, al-Raqqa, Syria ــ Recently, clashes took place between the Popular Protection Units (YPG) backed by the brigade of Jabhat al-Akrad on the one hand, and Jabhat al-Nusra backed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) battalions on the other hand. The recent violent clashes started in several Kurdish areas nearly a month ago, and are still continuing as the latest confrontation between Kurds and Islamists took place in the village of Susik (15 km west of Tel Abyad, Raqqa province) on Thursday. 

“The clashes were fierce for tanks and mortars have been used, but the Kurdish forces are still localized in their sites in the village of Susik while al-Qaeda linked Islamist armed group is still present in the eastern districts of the village,” a resident of Susik told ARA News. “Two of al-Qaeda fighters were killed by the Kurdish forces at the border with Turkey.

According to a source close to the YPG, 12 fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham ISIS have fallen between dead and wounded in the village of Susik. Meanwhile, seven fighters from those battalions were reportedly killed in the village of Qaza Ali (south-west of Tel Abyad).

“The armed groups are placing mines in the Kurdish villages, such as Tel Akhdar, Susik and Yarqo villages. the mines explode through a thin wire once touched or cut,” the source told ARA News.

In a linked context, two of the Susik residents reportedly lost their lives on August 1, 2013, as they were driving a car and an explosion occurred due to a landmine planted on the road of Susik-Tel Akhdar.

In other development, activists from the city of Raqqa told ARA News that an 18 year-old girl was abducted along with her parents in one of Tel Abyad’s streets, eastern the city. An eyewitness said that the incident took place while several people were watching and a police car was crossing the same location without taking any step to prevent the abduction incident.

On July 21, 2013, dozens of Kurdish civilians were detained by the FSA and ISIS in Tel Abyad. However, their destiny is still unknown.


Source: ARA News


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