Explosives seized by Kurdish fighters after ISIS withdrawal from the western countryside of Sere Kaniye in Hasakah province. The Kurdish YPG forces also discovered tunnels used by the militants to move in the area and avoid Kurdish and U.S. fire. Photo: ARA News
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Sere Kaniye, Syria – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) gained control of a warehouse of mines which were stored by Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) for mining the countryside of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, military sources reported on Sunday.
Speaking to ARA News, Dafram Kortay, a fighter in the YPG’s ranks, said that hundreds of families remain displaced and unable to return to their villages in the western countryside of Sere Kaniye “for fear of mines planted by terrorists before their withdrawal from the area”.
The source added that IS militants have been using tunnels to move between the villages of Sere Kaniye in Hasakah province, when the radical group has been engaged in fighting against the Kurdish forces for months.
“After regaining the area from IS terrorists, we found tunnels that have been used by the group to move between villages o Sere Kaniye’s countryside in order to avoid our (YPG) fire and the airstrikes of the U.S.-led coalition,” Kortay told ARA News on Sunday.
YPG forces also seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition left by the radical group before withdrawal.
The source pointed out that the YPG-led military campaign against ISIS in Hasakah province caused the death of hundreds of terrorists, “while hundreds others fled under our artillery blows and the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes”.
“However, they (ISIS militants) planted dozens of mines before fleeing these villages, which may expose returning families to a serious risk,” the YPG fighter said.
“We’re currently working hard on lifting the IS-planted mines to secure the lives of returning displaced families,” he added.
“Our (YPG) units are advancing day by day against the terrorist group in Hasakah province and other areas in northern Syria,” the source told ARA News. “Our campaign will not stop until we liberate Rojava (Syrian Kurdish region) from IS terrorists.”
Reporting by: Haitham Haji
Source: ARA News