Four Kurdish fighters killed in ISIS suicide attack near Hasakah

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Kurdish female fighters monitoring a security checkpoint in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

HASAKAH – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched three suicide attacks in northeastern Syria, targeting security checkpoints for the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) near Hasakah, military sources reported on Friday. 

Three ISIS jihadis detonated their explosive belts near Kurdish security checkpoints in Shaddadi district south of Hasakah, killing at least four Kurdish YPG forces and injuring more than a dozen. 

“The attacks targeted our checkpoints in the villages of Azzawi, al-Ziyanat and Kashkash in southern Shaddadi. The terrorists carried out the attacks after infiltrating into the area coming from the direction of Deir ez-Zor province,” a spokesman for the YPG told ARA News in Hasakah. 

“The terror attacks led to the death of four YPG fighters and the injury of 18 others,” the source reported.

This comes after hundreds of Arab civilians who escaped the ISIS-held province of Deir ez-Zor arrived in Hasakah province. 

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) –including the YPG– liberated Shaddadi in southern Hasakah from ISIS militants last February. “More than 275 ISIS militants were killed and 33 ISIS vehicles were destroyed at the hands of the SDF fighters in the battle for Shaddadi,” the SDF spokesman Talal Silo had told ARA News at the time. However, since then ISIS has been trying to infiltrate into the area, launching several car bomb attacks. 

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste 

Source: ARA News

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