Kurds repel ISIS attack near Syria’s Qamishli

Kurdish fighters of the YPG targeting ISIS positions southern Hasakah, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Clashes erupted between Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the vicinity of Qamishli city in northeastern Syria, Kurdish sources reported on Sunday. 

IS militants tried to advance towards villages in the countryside of Qamishli, which led to the outbreak of clashes between the radical group and the Kurdish forces. 

The clashes centered on the outskirts of Tel Brak and Tel Hamis south of Qamishli. 

The group targeted Kurdish headquarters with mortar fire in several villages in the area, including Abu Hamal and Ghazalla.  

Leadership of the YPG forces told ARA News that their units repelled an attempt by IS extremists to storm villages in the southern countryside of Qamishli. 

“The terrorists of Daesh (IS) shelled our (YPG) security centers with mortar shells and tried to storm the southern countryside of Qamishli, but we were able to repel their attack and forced them to retreat,” a spokesman for the Kurdish forces said. 

The source added that at least nine IS militants were killed during the clashes, while three YPG fighters were hardly injured. 

YPG forces reportedly destroyed two IS vehicles and seized a large deal of weapons and ammunition following the clashes.  

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News 

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