YPG fighters during clashes against ISIS in the countryside of Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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Sere Kaniye, Syria – On Tuesday, fierce clashes took place between Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militant fighters of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the western countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.
Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, members of the YPG media center said that the clashes broke out after IS militants launched an offensive at several locations of the YPG in the vicinity of the village of Tel Khanzir (25 km west of Sere Kaniye).
The sources pointed out that the YPG fighters deterred the IS attack amid continued fighting with heavy weapons.
“The militants were forced to withdraw from the area on Tuesday evening.”
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, H.M., a fighter in the YPG ranks said their forces were about to withdraw from Tel Khanzir under IS attacks, before being able to bomb an IS-manned armored vehicle and killing its crew.
“This operation brought the YPG back to the battlefield in Tel Khanzir, where the Kurdish fighters led a strategic counterattack forcing the IS terrorists to withdraw,” he said, without specifying the number of casualties.
Over the past few days, sporadic clashes continued between the YPG and IS at several fighting fronts in the southern and western countryside of Sere Kaniye, in Hasakah province.
Reporting by: Haitham Haji
Source: ARA News