Kurdish fighters of the YPG securing Aziziyah district in Hasakah. Photo: ARA News
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Kobane, Syria – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) launched an offensive on villages held by the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied factions south and west of Kobane, military sources reported on Sunday.
Fierce clashes continued between the militant group and the Kurds in the vicinity of Kobane until Sunday midnight.
Speaking to ARA News, Haboon Osman, fighter in the ranks of YPG, said that the villages of Maghribtain, Qasaq Qibli and Hwaija Allawi on the outskirts of Sirrin town south Kobane saw fierce clashes between the joint forces and IS terrorists.
“IS militants planted explosives on the western bank of the Euphrates south Kobane, and subsequently attacked Kurdish villages. Renewed clashes took place and continued until Sunday midnight, before our (YPG) fighters repelled the offensive. We are currently trying to dismantle the explosives,” Osman said.
In the meantime, Media Center of the YPG announced Sunday in a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, that an IS terrorist was killed in clashes near the village of Sina south Kobane, and another militant fell in clashes near the town of Shuyookh.
IS jihadists mined the western bank of the Euphrates River, near headquarters of the Kurdish forces, as well as digging trenches east of Jarablus city to prevent Kurds from advancing towards IS-held areas.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News