Turkey prevents Syria’s al-Qaeda wounded from entering its territory



ARA News

The Turkish authorities prevented the wounded members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham group (ISIS) from entering its territory through bordering Tel Abyad/Girespi, who aimed to cross the border to receive medical treatment, activists told ARA News

According to Khabat Ali, a media activist in Tel Abyad city, three members of the al_qaeda affiliated ISIS were injured during clashes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the villages of Birkeno and Jalaba −west of Tel Abyad− on Sunday.

“Fighters of the ISIS tried to move their comrades to Turkey in order to receive treatment, but the Turkish guards at the borders didn’t allow them to cross the border crossing,” Ali said in a phone with ARA News

Saleh Muslim, the co-chair of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD) said in an official statement on Monday that the Turkish government changed its policy towards the Islamist militants in Syria, adding that the “previously provided Turkish support to Syria’s Islamists has stopped”.

“Al-Qaeda fighters are no longer allowed to use the Turkish neighbouring areas as a base for their attacks against our Kurdish people and forces in Syria,” Muslim said. 

He added that the Kurdish YPG forces are achieving a “remarkable advance” on the ground.

“After the liberation of Tel Halaf area, the YPG is heading towards the city of Tel Abyad to liberate it from the hands of the Islamists,” Muslim said.

According to sources, continuous clashes take place between the YPG and the armed Islamist groups in the western countryside of Tel Abyad/Girespi city, particularly in the villages of Susik, Abdi Koy, Birkeno, Qizzali, and Kendall. 

“Four members of the ISIS were killed on the hands of the YPG fighters on Monday, others were reportedly injured,” a YPG fighter said. “Two members (Islamist groups) killed in the village of Susik, one killed in the village of Abdi Koy and another one killed in the village Birkeno.”

Most of the Kurdish population in Tel Abyad were exposed to forced displacement, specifically after the al-Qaeda affiliated group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) took over the city last month. The majority of Tel Abyad’s Kurds resorted to the Kurdish city of Kobani.

The displaced families suffered an economic blockade imposed by the Islamic groups, until an agreement signed between the Islamists and the Kurdish factions, according to people displaced from Tel Abyad. 

According to sources, Tel Abyad city is almost evacuated of its Kurdish residents due to the recent oppression by Islamists, and those families are in an urgent need for aid to survive the current poor humanitarian situation. 


Report by: Ridwan Bizar and Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News


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