Renewed clashes between Islamists and Syria Kurds



ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria– Clashes renewed between the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the western countryside of Tel Abyad city in Raqqa province earlier this week, after the YPG forces opened fire against ISIL fighters in Birkno village.

Saman Gharib, a field reporter, told ARA News that the YPG forces opened fire on the ISIL fighters on three fronts which resulted in the death of three ISIL fighters in Birkno village on Sunday.

“ISIL transferred the three dead bodies along with the bodies of six other fighters who died in Khirbat al-Banat village in the countryside of Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain to Raqqa city,” Gharib said. “During the clashes with the YPG fighters, ISIL fired locally made mortar shells against Kurdish villages in Tel Abyad’s western countryside.”

Local sources reported that the ISIL killed on Sunday Mohammed Ibrahim Ali, a 20 years-old resident of the Kurdish village of Kendal near Tel Abyad and placed his body next to the municipality building in Tel Abyad city. Reportedly, the head and hands of the victim were cut off while the effects of torture were apparent on his body.   

Ali was kidnapped nearly three months ago near Hijaziya village in the western countryside of Tel Abyad. The sources added that Ali’s dead body was left for more than a day next to the Tel Abyad Square until residents found and buried him.    


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News


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