Kurdish forces of the YPG patrolling Mount Abdulaziz after ISIS withdrawal. Photo: ARA News
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HASAKAH – At least 28 militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) were killed during clashes with the Kurdish forces in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah, military sources reported on Saturday.
ISIS militants had attacked Kurdish headquarters near Mount Abdulaziz in Hasakah countryside on Friday. Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) subsequently evacuated their centers in what they called a “strategic withdrawal”.
“On Saturday, the YPG forces besieged ISIS militants near Mount Abdulaziz and killed dozens of terrorists and destroyed several vehicles,” a spokesman for the YPG Media Center told ARA News in Hasakah.
“Our forces collected 28 corpses of the terrorists, but the number could be much more,” the source said. “We have also seized a large deal of ammunition following the strategic operation.”
Also on Saturday, the Kurdish forces repelled an offensive by ISIS militants in several villages in the western countryside of Hasakah, including Bdej, Ghara, Tel Hamam and Jafra.
“The terrorist group has tried to attack western Hasakah from several sides, but our forces have been prepared and we have received large reinforcements from neighboring areas. Our brave YPG forces have successfully repelled the attack and forced the terrorists of Daesh (ISIS) to withdraw from the area,” the YPG spokesman said.
The U.S.-led coalition’s aircraft has provided air cover to the Kurdish forces during the clashes against ISIS.
“The coalition conducted more than three strikes in the southern countryside of Hasakah on Saturday, bombing ISIS supply line near Shaddadi,” media activist Muhammad al-Ahmed told ARA News in Hasakah.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News