Kurdish fighters of the YPG participating in operations led by the Syrian Democratic Forces against ISIS in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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URFA – A number of gunmen from the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) were able to infiltrate into the suburb of the Kurdish-held Tel Abyad city in northern Raqqa province, a military source reported on Saturday.
Speaking to ARA News in Tel Abyad, a spokesman for the Kurdish forces of the YPG said that some 30 ISIS militants have infiltrated Saturday afternoon into the eastern suburb of the city, clashing with the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
“The clashes continued until Saturday midnight. The terrorists were finally forced to withdraw towards ISIS bases in Raqqa city,” the source added.
“The terrorists have entered the area from the Turkish territory near the town of Akçakale (a district of Şanlıurfa province), reaching Tel Abyad’s eastern suburb. They have headed to Raqqa city after clashes with the Kurdish fighters,” the source told ARA News.
“Local ISIS sleeper cells in Tel Abyad have apparently helped this group of terrorists to infiltrate into the area,” he added.
ISIS-linked media activists circulated on Twitter the news of the ISIS infiltration into Tel Abyad, saying the militants were searching for what they described “atheists”.
Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, media activist and director of the campaign ‘Raqqa Slaughtered Silently’, Abu Ibrahim ar-Raqqawi, confirmed that a number of ISIS insurgents infiltrated Saturday into the eastern outskirts of Tel Abyad and were engaged in heavy clashes with the Kurdish YPG forces near the border gate with Turkey.
“Subsequent to the clashes, a state of alert hit the ranks of the Kurdish forces across the city, coupled with deployment of the Turkish army troops on the border crossing near Tel Abyad,” the source added.
Kurdish YPG forces and allied Syrian rebels recaptured Tel Abyad city and its countryside last June, after fierce battles with ISIS extremists.
The YPG leadership last week reported several rocket attacks by Turkish troops on the Kurdish positions in Tel Abyad.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro and Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News