Islamist militants bomb Kurdish city northern Syria

Syrian Kurds wait behind the border fences to cross into Turkey near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 28, 2014. File photo

ARA News 

Urfa, Turkey – Militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) bombed the city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in northern Syria with more than 50 mortar shells on Friday, local sources reported.

Activists in Kobane told ARA News that at least 50 shells hit neighborhoods in the southern and eastern parts of the city. Dozens of casualties were reported.

The Islamic State’s militant fighters clashed with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the suburbs of the city of Kobane during the last two days. IS fighters advanced towards the city and are currently 3 km from the YPG-held city.

A military source from the opposition-linked Burkan al-Furat Military Chamber told ARA News that the clashes, which lasted until Friday morning, resulted in the destruction of a number of IS military vehicles in the village of Halanj, including two tanks, as well as killing and wounding dozens of IS militants.

Abu Issa, commander of Raqqa Rebels Brigade (member of al-Furat Chamber), told ARA News that the clashes between IS and the rebels are still ongoing in the village of Halanj  (3 km east of Kobane), Siran (4 km south of Kobane), and in Tel Shieer (2 km west of Kobane).

Meanwhile, activists reported that the Turkish border guards shot dead a young Kurdish man who was trying to cross into Turkey illegally, while escaping the war-torn area of Kobane on Friday.

More than 5000 displaced people from Kobane are reportedly stranded at Turkish borders at the moment.


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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