Kurds bid farewell to Arab fighters killed in anti-ISIS battles northern Syria

People gathered near Derbassiyah in northeastern Syria, bidding farewell to Arab fighters who were killed while backing Kurdish forces of the YPG against ISIS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Sere Kaniye, Syria – On Wednesday, hundreds of people participated in the funeral of seven Arab fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain), in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

The victims, who were killed during the battles against Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the fighting front of Sere Kaniye, were buried in the village of Bir Kafri near Derbassiyeh in Hasakah province.

Hundreds of residents in the city came to Roj hospital on the highway leading to Hasakah in order to participate in the funeral and then headed to the “Martyrs Cemetery” in Bir Kafri, where several speeches by the PYD-linked Auto-Administration officials have been delivered.

Members of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) emphasized the necessity of participation by all the Syrian components in the ranks of the YPG forces, saying that these forces are established to protect all social components in northern Syria, “not only Kurds”. 

Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, Shoresh Shoresh told ARA News that the victims were killed during clashes in the villages of Tel Khanzir and Rasim al-Hajr in the southern and western countryside of Sere Kaniye.

Over the past few days, YPG forces were engaged in intensive battles with IS militants, after repeated attacks by the radical group on the southern and western areas of Sere Kaniye. 

Reporting by: Haitham Haji

Source: ARA News

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