ISIS militants advance in Syrian Kurdish region

Turkish border police near Syria's Kobane. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Unidentified warplanes bombed on Sunday the bridge of Qara Qozak on the Euphrates River, nearly 30 km south of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in Aleppo province, northern Syria, undisclosed sources told ARA News. 

The sources pointed out that aerial bombardment destroyed large parts of the bridge which is linking Kobane with the interior of Syria.

In a related development, artillery shells and tanks of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, hit the center the city of Kobane, where three shells fell on the neighbourhood of Kanya Araban adjacent to the city, on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the clashes continued between IS militant fighters and the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the vicinity of Mojik village (about 6 km west of Kobane) and the village of Alishar (7 km east of the city).

The Kurdish city of Kobane has evacuated its inhabitants, as more than 60 thousand civilians fled from the city over the past three days, entering the Turkish territory.

Noteworthy, the Turkish government said earlier that more than 65,000 displaced people identified as Syrian Kurds entered the Turkish territory during the past few days, while the UN estimates of the displaced reached nearly 70 thousand civilians.


Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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