Urfa, Turkey – Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) reported advances against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) south of the city of Kobane near the Turkish border, following fierce clashes on Sunday, military sources from the YPG told ARA News.
Meanwhile, the U.S.-led international coalition’s fighter jets launched several air raids on strongholds of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) militants in the city of Kobane and its countryside in northern Syria, bombing the militants’ locations and killing dozens, local sources reported.
Speaking to ARA News, Mohammed Arif Ali, a doctor in the field hospital of Kobane, said that the coalition’s warplanes targeted the IS group with five raids on Sunday, “two of which hit the eastern neighborhoods of the city”.
“While the northern side of the city witnessed violent clashes between the YPG forces and IS militants. The clashes centered in the vicinity of Hajj Rashad mosque, al-Hal market and the municipality district,” Ali reported.
In the meantime, the leading member of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), Chekdar Kobani, told ARA News that IS militants withdrew from the southern suburb of Kobane on Sunday, after fierce clashes with the YPG and under pressure of the U.S.-led airstrikes.
In a statement on Saturday, the Central Command of the U.S. forces announced that several air strikes hit IS-held sites in Kobane destroying an artillery unit belonging to the radical group, adding that the U.S.-led coalition has targeted several locations of the IS in other areas of Syria as well as in Iraq during the last few days.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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