Kurdish fighters of the YPG and YPJ in Kobane's countryside. Photo, ARA News
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Kobane, Syria – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) pounded the rebels-held villages of Tel al-Abir and Tel Ahmar in the western countryside of Kobane city in the province of Aleppo in northern Syria, military sources told ARA News on Thursday.
The radical group launched the attack by their artillery stationed in the countryside of Jarabulus city on the western bank of the Euphrates River, west of Kobane.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Abu Ali Osman, a leading member in the ranks of the Burkan al-Furat’s rebels, said the group started Wednesday midnight bombarding locations of the joint forces (the People’s Protection Units “YPG” and Burkan al-Furat) in Tel Abir and its surroundings, without reports of direct hits so far.
“Also several shells hit residential buildings in the area,” he said.
ARA News could verify the number of casualties among civilians.
“The Western Front (of Kobane) was calm since the last attempt of penetration by IS two weeks ago. This recent attack is most likely a prelude to a new military operation by the extremist Islamists on our areas,” Osman added. “But we are highly prepared for any confrontation.”
In the meantime, the battles between the joint forces and IS militants reached Thursday the eastern countryside of Kobane, including the villages of Sarzouri, al-Idaniya, and Khatouniya ـــadministratively linked to the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria.
This come’s after the progress made by the joint forces in the eastern countryside of Kobane, where field sources confirmed to ARA News that the joint forces seized control of major parts of Sarzouri village amid continued clashes in the past few days.
The joint forces announced their control over the hills of Qartal which enabled them control large areas of the western countryside of Tel Abyad during the past two days.
Although the joint forces (YPG, FSA, and Peshmerga) were able to expel the IS hardline group from the war-torn city of Kobane in northern Syria, the IS danger to Kobane hasn’t been entirely eliminated.
The departure of the Peshmerga forces, sent by the Iraqi Kurdistan, may increase the potential danger by IS radicals on the area, according to Kurdish activists.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News