Urfa, Turkey – On Thursday, al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (IS) continued shelling Kurdish-populated villages in the western countryside of the city of Tel Abyad (Girespi) in Syria’s Raqqa province for the second consecutive day.
The IS-led bombings targeted the villages of Kendal, Birkino, Koperlik, Hawalik, Koshkar, Hashasho and Huriya, west of Tel Abyad.
Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, media activist Omid Khoshman reported that the shelling claimed lives of dozens of Kurdish civilians in the targeted villages.
“The area saw mass wave of displacement among villagers, heading to forest in northwestern Tel Abyad,” Khoshman said.
According to local sources, IS militants received military reinforcement from Raqqa city (main IS base in Syria), beside tanks of heavy weapons to fight the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –who control the western countryside of Tel Abbyad, while the city falls under the control of the Islamic State.
YPG-linked media sources reported on Wednesday that the Kurdish fighters are preparing for an extended military operation against IS militants to regain control over Tel Abyad city –which is controlled by IS since nearly one year.
Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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