Civilian casualties reported in Kurdish village under ISIS attack

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Remnants of a destroyed tank seen in Kobane's downtown after Kurdish forces liberated the city from ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday launched a mortar attack on a Kurdish village in Kobane countryside northern Syria, causing casualties among civilians, local sources reported.

The ISIS-led attack targeted the village of Gire Ebri in western Kobane on the border with Turkey.

“The Gire Erbi village, located between Kobane and the ISIS-held Jarablus city, was exposed Friday to several mortar shells fired by ISIS militants from their strongholds at the top of Shamiya hill near the Turkish border,” rights activist Massoud Darwish told ARA News in Kobane. 

“Over a dozen civilian casualties fell during the attack,” the source reported. “There are no military forces inside the village, so the ISIS attack was meant to kill Kurdish civilians.”

The shelling stopped on Friday midnight after the US-led coalition hit ISIS positions on the Shamiya hill with several airstrikes, eyewitnesses told ARA News.  

Dozens of villages in Kobane countryside have been liberated by the Kurdish forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG) after pushing ISIS back towards Jarablus.  

Reporting by: Partizan Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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