Tel Temir, Syria – The victories of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the vicinity of Tel Temir town of Hasakah province, in northeastern Syria, helped lifting the siege on Arab villages, local sources said.
Several media outlets reported that the YPG forces launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Arab residents in the area.
Arab people in the liberated villages refuted rumors about their displacement or burning their farms by YPG fighters.
Asya Abdulrahman, 31, an Arab resident of Tel Temir countryside, responded to the rumors about YPG attacks, saying: “On the contrary, the YPG hasn’t displaced us from our houses nor burned our farms. We have been displaced by ISIS terrorists.”
“Many villagers returned home safely after the YPG forced ISIS to withdraw from the area. Our houses and farms are fortunately secure by now, and we’ll start our life like before,” she told ARA News.
Ahmed Ali, 53, another Arab resident of the countryside of Tel Tamir, said: “SIS militants have besieged our villages for months. All roads were blocked. The roads to Hasakah, Tel Temir or Ras al-Ain were all closed. We were completely besieged by ISIS terrorists before the YPG fighters arrived here.”
“The YPG fighters have helped us get rid of those IS radical strangers. The YPG hasn’t caused any harm to the locals as rumored by the media,” he told ARA News.
Halima al-Hameed, 68, also talked to ARA News about the recent developments in the Arab villages of Tel Temir, saying: “When ISIS took over the area we left our houses. The situation remained like that until the arrival of the YPG forces. We’re grateful to them.
Noteworthy, the YPG forces caused the radical group of ISIS heavy losses during the recent battles in Tel Temir. Subsequently, ISIS militants were forced to withdraw from the area.
Reporting by: Haitham Haji
Source: ARA News
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