Entrance of the liberated city of Kobane. Photo: ARA News
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KOBANE – At least 13 militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed in clashes with the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the southern countryside of Kobane, northern Syria, military sources reported on Monday.
Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, the YPG fighter Noureddin Gaban said that sporadic clashes broke out on the banks of the Euphrates River south of Sirrin town near Kobane “after ISIS militants attacked one of our locations with mortar shells”.
“The clashes took place in the vicinity of the village of Bujaq, during which our fighters were able to kill at least 13 militants and wounded several others,” he added.
The Kurdish fighters have forced the militants to retreat after hours of clashes, according to the source.
“The same area in the southern countryside of Kobane has witnessed violent clashes earlier on Saturday,” YPG fighter Sarhad Abbas told ARA News.
“The clashes took place after the terror group launched an offensive on our locations in the southern countryside of Sirrin,” Abbas said. “Fierce clashes took place in the vicinity of Marouh village” (15 km south of Sirrin town).
“Our (YPG) forces were able to thwart the militants’ schemes and destroyed a number of armored vehicles, beside killing three militants at least and wounding several others,” he said.
“We seized a big deal of weapons and ammunition following the clashes.”
After two weeks of relative calm, clashes sporadically returned to the southern front of Sirrin in Kobane countryside, in the wake of mutual attacks by both the YPG fighters and the militant group of ISIS.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News