Kurdish fighters gathered in central Tel Brak after liberating the town from ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News
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Qamishli, Syria – Clashes renewed Sunday between the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the towns of Tel Brak and Tel Hamis, south of Qamishli city, northeastern Syria, military sources reported.
The battles came after a sudden attack by IS militants on the YPG’s locations there, in an attempt to advance in the two towns after having lost them.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, F.Q., a fighter in the YPG’s ranks said that fierce clashes broke out between them and radical group in the area between the YPG-held town of Tel Brak and the IS-held town of al-Hol.
“The clashes resulted in the death of a number IS insurgents,” he added.
In the meantime, the YPG’s Media Center (MC) issued Sunday a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “The terrorist groups have launched an attack against our troops (YPG) from five sides, in an attempt to regain control of the villages of Tel Vayer, Tel Abu Haider, Antakia, Um al-Rous and Khazila and some other YPG-held areas in the region.”
“Our units (YPG) responded to the IS attack, and intense clashes broke out lasting for several hours on Sunday,” the YPG leadership said, pointing out that about 67 terrorists were killed, “of which 35 bodies were seized by Kurdish forces.”
Furthermore, Kurdish forces were able to destroy an IS armored vehicle, seizing 28 rifles (Kalashnikov type) as well as machine guns.
Additionally, five YPG fighters were killed during the fighting between the two sides near Tel Hamis and Tel Brak, south of Qamishli, according to the YPG’s MC.
The civil rights activist Dilovan Mohammed from the city of Hasakah stated to ARA News that similar clashes broke out between the pro-regime forces backed by the National Defense Army militia and IS jihadists on the road between Hasakah and Mount Abdulaziz west of the city, amid reports of casualties in the ranks of both parties.
Noteworthy, Kurdish forces with support of the Assyrian Military Council and Sanadid Forces (fighters of the Arab clan of Shammar) seized control of the towns of Tel Brak and Tel Hamis at the end of February, after fierce battles with IS group which withdrew to the town of al-Hol on the Syrian-Iraqi border.
Reporting by: Dilshad Ahmed
Source: ARA News