YPG lifts siege on hundreds of Kurdish civilians near Kobane


Kobane's displaced civilians watch their hometown from the Turkish border. File phoeo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – The Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced Tuesday the death of ten gunmen of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) during clashes in the eastern villages of Kobane in the province of Aleppo, northern Syria. 

The YPG’s Media Center announced, in a statement issued Tuesday, that the Kurdish YPG fighters retook a number of villages east of Kobane, including Marsamil, Maktala Kafan, Diaba, Kunde Osei and Alishar, in addition to remarkable advancement in the southern villages of Idi Koy, Takhti, Remo and Doly.

The statement also referred to the continuous clashes in a number of other villages, adding that the Kurdish fighters seized Tuesday a large number of weapons, and a great deal of ammunition as well as several armored vehicles.

In a related development, civilians stranded on the Turkish border reported that the Kurdish fighters were able Tuesday morning to reach the last gathering point of the displaced people of Kobane on the borderline east of the city, after months of siege and harassment imposed by the extremist group.

Hundreds of besieged civilians were rescued following IS withdrawal. 

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Mustafa Abu Arab (a Kurdish civilian who was stranded in the village of Marsamil, east of Kobane) confirmed that the Kurdish fighters of YPG backed by allied factions have forced IS militants to retreat from the vicinity of Marsamil. 

“The Kurdish fighters opened a safe passage for the stranded civilians at the border so they could pass with their vehicles and livestock towards the city center,” Abu Arab said. 

In the meantime, Kurdish military forces reported that the Kurdish village of Kor Ali, west of Kobane, is still besieged by IS militants. The destiny of hundreds of civilians is unknown after five months of siege in Kor Ali. 


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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