YPG evacuates headquarters amid ISIS attacks in Hasakah

Kurdish fighters of the YPG at the top of Mount Abdulaziz after expelling ISIS militants from the area, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched an offensive on Kurdish security headquarters in Hasakah province in northeastern Syria, military sources said on Friday.

ISIS attacked headquarters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) near Mount Abdulaziz in the countryside of Hasakah. 

“The terror group has first conducted three car bomb attacks in the vicinity of the YPG security centers in the area, then launched dozens of mortar shells on the YPG-held villages of Jafar and Dawoodiyah,” a YPG spokesman told ARA News in Hasakah. 

At least six Kurdish fighters were killed and more than ten others wounded during the ISIS offensive.

“Our (YPG) forces have subsequently evacuated several centers to avoid the intensive fire by the ISIS terrorists,” the source reported, describing the evacuation as a “tactical withdrawal”.

Kurdish forces regained Mount Abdulaziz from the radical group in May after fierce battles.

In the meantime, the U.S.-led coalition has bombed ISIS positions in the Shaddadi town in the southern countryside of Hasakah. It was not immediately clear whether the strikes caused any losses in the ISIS ranks. 

Reporting by: Heysem Haci

Source: ARA News

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