Urfa, Turkey− For one week now, continuous clashes took place between the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the one hand, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) backed by the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) on the other hand, in the western countryside of Tel Abyad/Girespi in Raqqa province, northeast of Syria.
A field media activist who accompanies FSA battalions told ARA News on the phone that the FSA fighters took over the areas of Zannobeh, Um al-Hawas, Khirbeh, Khifyeh silos, and the southern Areeda in Raqqa province.
“Meanwhile, fighting still continues on al-Kafeefa checkpoint, and dozens of ISIL militants are so far killed at the checkpoint battles against the FSA and the YPG in western Tel Abyad,” the activist said. “The wounded ISIL militants were transferred to the National Hospital in Raqqa, where ISIL called on the residents through loudspeakers to donate blood for the wounded.”
Meanwhile, local sources in Tel Abyad reported that ISIL group imposed a fine of 3500 Syrian Liras on the owners of the shops in the city, beside fees on electricity and water consumption, threatening those who would refuse paying the group to face imprisonment.
Reporting by: Hana Muslim
Source: ARA News
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