Syrian Kurds deny attacking opposition-held village

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG stand at the top of a tank in northern Aleppo. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

ALEPPO – The Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Tuesday denied attacking the opposition-held village of Kaljibrin, near Azaz.

Pro-opposition media outlets, including Orient and Step News, accused the YPG of attacking FSA positions in Kaljibrin on Monday. The outlets also assigned motive, claiming that the YPG’s aim was to divide Marea from Azaz. The YPG denied all of the allegations.

In a statement, the YPG said: “Some media sites affiliated with the Syrian National Coalition and websites belonging to the opposition factions backed by the Turkish occupation army accused [the YPG] and […] Syrian Democratic Forces of attacking their points in the Kaljibrin village in the countryside of Azaz.”

The YPG said that the opposition factions, in fact, attacked the village of Mranaz. The YPG further claimed that the armed opposition had used heavy weapons and artillery in targeting YPG positions on Monday.

“We in the People’s Protection Units in Afrin district reject those allegations that our units attacked a concentration of opposition fighters in the village of Kaljibrin,” the YPG said. “We stress again that our fighters are committed to […] defence, and we will respond to any attack.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News 

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