Fresh violence hits Kobane as ISIS tries to regain positions

A Kurdish fighter from the YPG forces in the countryside of Kobane. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Clashes renewed between Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the vicinity of Sirrin town in the countryside of Kobane, north Syria, military sources reported on Wednesday.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, YPG fighter Haboon Osman said that hit-and-run battles took place in the last 48 hours south of Sirrin town, “particularly near the villages of Malha and Maghribtain on the highway of Sirrin–Tishrin dam”. 

“IS terrorists are trying to regain locations that have been recently regained by our forces in the countryside of Kobane,” the YPG fighter said. 

“Various types of weapons have been used in these clashes, including mortars and heavy machine guns, as well as car bombs.” 

“Dozens of IS militants were killed and wounded over the past two days,” Osman said, adding that four YPG fighters lost their lives in the clashes. 

This coincided with an exchange of artillery shelling between the YPG fighters and IS militants near Euphrates River in the western countryside of Kobane. 

“Following days of calmness, artillery fire renewed Wednesday between our (Kurdish) forces and IS terrorists near the village of Zor Maghar on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River,” Sarhad Abbas, a YPG fighter in the western front of Kobane, told ARA News on the phone. 

Abbas said that the exchange of artillery shelling caused no casualties in YPG’s ranks “as most of IS shells fell on agricultural lands.”  

The Kurdish forces and allied Syrian rebels regained control of the entire administrative border of Kobane nearly two weeks ago, including the strategic town of Sirrin, after months of clashes with IS militants.

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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