Kurdish fighters of the YPG and allies continue battling ISIS north of Raqqa. Photo: ARA News
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URFA – Clashes renewed in northern Raqqa after the joint forces attacked a military convoy for the Islamic State group (ISIS), military sources said on Monday.
Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied Syrian rebels of Burkan al-Furat targeted an ISIS convoy with mortar shells near the town of Heysha north of Raqqa, destroying a military vehicle and killing at least 12 ISIS militants.
“Fierce clashes followed the attack in the vicinity of Heysha town,” YPG fighter Habun Osman told ARA News, adding that the clashes continued until Monday evening.
“Four fighters from the joint forces have been injured today, as the clashes reached Heysha’s downtown where ISIS militants are heavily stationed,” Osman said.
This comes as Kurds and allied Syrian rebels launched an intensive campaign to liberate the northern countryside of Raqqa from the fist of the Islamic State.
“The YPG and Burkan al-Furat are cooperating in the anti-ISIS operations in Raqqa province. We won’t stop until eliminating the group from Raqqa, which is considered a de facto capital for ISIS in Syria,” the YPG member told ARA News.
In June, the joint forces of YPG and Burkan al-Furat, supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrikes, have liberated the strategic city of Tel Abyad north of Raqqa and regained its crossing at the Turkish border after fierce battles against ISIS extremists.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News