Kurdish fighters prevent Islamic State advance in northern Syria

ISIL militants (R) and YPG fighters (L). File photo

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria – Four militants of al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (IS) were reported dead on Tuesday in an ambush prepared by the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in Ahmadiya village near Tel Abyad city of Raqqa province.

Speaking to ARA News, Omid Khashman, media activist accompanying the Kurdish forces of YPG, reported that IS militants tried to enter al-Hurriya village in western Tel Abyad through Ahmadiya, driving a vehicle which was believed to be filled with explosives.

“The YPG fighters targeted the IS vehicle with a shell before they drove into al-Hurriya village, which resulted in the vehicle’s explosion and death of the militants inside,” Khashman said.

The vehicle was carrying four members of the Islamic State and explosives, according to YPG-linked sources in Tel Abyad.

Militants of the Islamic State are currently stationed in Salib Qarran and Ahmadiya near Tel Abyad city, bombarding Sarzori, al-Hurriya and al-Jirin villages from its strongholds. IS militants are also deployed in the outskirts of Ain Issa of Raqqa province, trying to control the rest of the areas in northwestern Raqqa.

Meanwhile, the death toll among the regime military forces at the hands of IS group reached nearly 150, local activists told ARA News on Wednesday. A source from one of Ain Issa villages, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News that the IS brought heavy machine guns and Caliber 130 to the villages north of Ain Issa and mobilize its forces on the outskirts of the regime-held Brigade 93, evacuating the nearby Arab villages.

The source confirmed the death of more than 70 members of the military Division 17 in Raqqa, who fled after the IS group seized the Division a few days ago, pointing out that the group slaughtered 20 members on Monday, mostly from the province of Latakia and paraded their bodies in the city of Tel Abyad and Salouk town in Raqqa province.

Noteworthy, the Islamic State seized last Friday the army Division 17 from the Syrian regime in Raqqa province, northeast of Syria, after days of fierce clashes. A number of dead and wounded fell in the clashes, including civilians.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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