Islamic State militants bomb YPG-held village north Raqqa, casualties reported

A military convoy from the Islamic State group arrives in Nineveh province, northwest Iraq. File photo

ARA News 

TEL ABYAD – At least four civilians were killed and two more wounded Tuesday after militants of the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) pounded a village near the city of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, northeast Syria, military sources reported. 

Speaking to ARA News, spokesman of the Kurdish YPG forces in Tel Abyad Habun Osman said: “The terrorist group (ISIS) has bombed the village of Skahrat al-Abed Sheikh (25 km south of Tel Abyad) and caused the death of four civilians and the injury of several others.”

The YPG’s Media Center said Tuesday in a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “Around 12:00 pm, ISIS terrorists bombed the village of Skahrat al-Abed Sheikh with mortars, killing four innocent citizens, including a child, and wounding at least two others.” 

“Mohammed as-Salo, 65, Hussein Ramadan, 55, Khalid Issa al-Hamoud, 32, and the 6-year-old child Hassan Mohamed Ramadan have lost their lives in the ISIS-led bombing on the village of Skahrat al-Abed Sheikh,” said the YPG leadership, which is in control of Tel Abyad and its countryside.

In June, the Kurdish YPG forces, supported by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, were able to expel ISIS extremists from Tel Abyad and its surroundings north of Raqqa, after two years of control by the radical group.

Tel Abyad lies some 85 kilometers (50 miles) north of the ISIS’ de facto capital Raqqa. The border city has served as a primary conduit for incoming weapons and militants, as well as for the exportation of oil to the black market through Turkey; so the major ISIS supply line to Raqqa has been cut off by Kurds last June.

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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