Kurdish boy stands on the ruins of his destroyed house in Kobane. Photo: ARA News
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Kobane, Syria – On Wednesday, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) launched an offensive on villages in the southern countryside of Kobane, military sources reported.
The villages under IS attack have been recently regained by Kurdish fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied rebels of Burkan al-Furat.
The IS attack led to the outbreak of clashes that ended with the withdrawal of the joint forces from several villages south of Kobane.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Sarhad Abbas, fighter in the YPG’s ranks, said that IS terrorists took over a number of villages in the southern countryside of Kobane on Wednesday evening, after forcing the joint forces (YPG and allied rebels) to withdraw from their headquarter there.
“IS terrorists took over the villages of Sabit, Mitras and some surrounding farms in the east and north of Sirrin town,” Abbas reported.
Casualties were reported on both sides. At least two Kurdish fighters were killed during the clashes, while the death toll in the IS ranks remain unknown.
“IS militants carried out several suicide attacks, taking advantage of the absence of U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes. They were able to infiltrate into these villages having used heavy weapons,” Abbas added.
The YPG’s Media Center issued a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying that the clashes have been taking place since Tuesday afternoon south Kobane, in the vicinity of the villages of Maghartain and Kibir Rabin.
“Two Kurdish fighters lost their lives during the clashes,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, the YPG’s leadership reported that 34 IS terrorists have been killed in clashes with the YPG forces in Hasakah, northeastern Syria, while 11 others were killed in clashes near Sharkarak village south of Suluk town in Raqqa province.
Two weeks ago, the joint forces announced the start of the battle for Sirrin town south of Kobane against IS jihadists, where the joint forces were able to control several villages in the vicinity of the town, cutting the group’s supply line of Sirrin-Tishrin Dam. However, the radical group made gains after fighting back in the past two days.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News