YPG forces evacuate villages northeast Syria for fear of attacks by jihadists

Kurdish forces of the YPG patrolling Mount Abdulaziz after ISIS withdrawal. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria ــ The Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) called on civilians in the countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, to evacuate their villages, after anticipating revenge attacks by jihadists of ISIS, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

The YPG’s leadership asked villagers in the vicinity of Maghluja and Mount Abdulaziz to contemporarily evacuate their houses. This comes amid threats by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) to storm the area after losing it to the Kurdish forces last week.

Speaking to ARA News, Najdvan Ali, a resident of Muhajira village west of Hasakah, said that his village received a number of displaced Arabs and Kurds, coming from the villages of Mount Abdulaziz on Friday, after evacuating their houses for fear of sudden attacks by ISIS.

“They left their villages amid a state of alert by the YPG forces, who received information about possible attacks by the terrorists,” Ali said. “We’ve sheltered dozens of families in our houses in Muhajira.”

“Islamic State’s gunmen erected a number of tents outside the village of Makhroom east of Mount Abdulaziz, which caused a state of panic among civilians,” a displaced woman told ARA News on Friday.

Last week, the YPG forces retook control of the strategic Mount Abdulaziz in the western countryside to the city of Hasakah, after fierce battles with ISIS and under air cover from the international coalition’s warplanes.


Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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