Hundreds of displaced Syrians return to border city after ISIS withdrawal

Life returns gradually to the city of Tel Abyad after being regained by Kurdish fighters who forced ISIS militants to withdraw earlier this week. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria – At least 1,000 displaced people from the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, returned home from the Turkish territory after escaping clashes between the People’s Protection Units fighters (YPG) and militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) two weeks ago.

The YPG forces, backed by Burkan al-Furat rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), were able to expel the IS radicals from the border city of Tel Abyad a few days ago.

The Turkish news agency al-Anadol reported that many Syrians continue to return from the border Turkish city of Akçakale to their Syrian hometown of Tel Abyad after the Kurdish YPG fighters and allied rebels regained it from IS.

These developments came amid a shortage of relief materials, water and power cut in the city, according ARA News reporter in the city.

Subsequent to regaining the city, the joint forces continue removing mines and improvised explosive devices left behind by IS extremists during their withdrawal from Tel Abyad.

Speaking to ARA News, Saleh Muslum, co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said that the city of Tel Abyad will be handed over to a civil administration formed by locals. 

The PYD is considered a political umbrella for the YPG forces in Syria.

The Kurdish YPG forces and rebels of Burkan al-Furat, with the support of the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, were able to expel the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) from the city of Tel Abyad after two years of control. 


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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