Civilians displaced from ISIL-held areas, north Syria


Many Syrian families were displaced following ISIL control over Kurdish areas. File photo

ARA News

Kobane, Syria Following last week’s military operation by the Islamic State (al-Qaeda splinter group, previously known as ISIL) and the bombardment of Jeb al-Faraj village in the environs of Kobane city, north of Syria, mass displacement started in the area.

One of the displaced people told ARA News that tanks and artillery bombs fell on the village starting on Tuesday, causing a state of panic among civilians.

The same source confirmed that mass displacement from Dirbazin village east of Jeb al-Faraj also took place following the fall of some bombs on civilians’ houses.

“Many other villages of the western environs of Kobane (where Kurds constitute a majority) witnessed mass displacement before, coinciding with displacement movement from Arab-majority villages such as ISIL-held Shyukh Tahtani,” he said.

The area saw fierce clashes between militants of the Islamic State (who intend to broaden areas of control in northern Syria) and the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG). Dozens of fighters were killed last week in the ranks of both groups.

A military source close to the YPG –linked to the Democratic Union Party (PYD)– stated to ARA News that ISIL is using heavy weapons and military vehicles in its operations against Kobane area.

“These weapons were confiscated and moved to Syria from Iraq, after ISIL militants seized then from the Iraqi Army,” the source said.

In this regard, activists published a video footage on social media showing some YPG fighters standing around an American Hummer car used by ISIL in Kobane’s western environs.

The Islamic State was able to hold three Kurdish villages in far Kobane’s western environs following the withdrawal of the YPG forces.


Reporting by: Sadruddin Kino

Source: ARA News

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