Kurdish female fighters of the YPj. Photo: ARA News
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URFA – At least two militants of the al-Qaeda-linked group of Nusra Front were killed Thursday in clashes with Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Kurdish-populated neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo, northern Syria, military sources reported.
The Media Centre of the YPG released Thursday a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying: “Al-Nusra terrorists have been randomly targeting the neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud with mortar shells since November 24.”
“The YPG and female fighters of the YPJ responded to the terror attacks with painful blows, killing at least two terrorists from the Nusra Front and destroying two armored vehicles in Shukef and Kastillo areas,” the statement added.
“The Kurdish units have cut-off the supply lines of the Nusra Front in response to their recent attacks on civilians in the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud.”
“The clashes between the Kurdish forces and Nusra terrorists continued until Thursday midnight,” the YPG leadership said.
Last Tuesday, an informed source from the YPG told ARA News that militants from al-Nusra Front tried to progress towards the Kurdish neighborhood and shelled the area with dozens of mortar shells and ‘hell cannon’.
The YPG’s leadership pointed out that the shelling resulted in civilian casualties and material damage to the residential buildings.
Al-Nusra gunmen imposed blockade on the neighborhood after they cut off the Shukef and Kastillo highways in Aleppo.
Two weeks ago, al-Nusra had announced the start of the second phase of the battle for Aleppo. It aims at taking over areas held by the regime’s army and Kurdish forces.
Over the last two months, Syrian regime forces were able to regain several key towns in the southern countryside of Aleppo, including al-Widehi and Ibtin, but rebel fighters have succeeded to stop their advance and recaptured some points they have lost recently.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News