A Kurdish fighter from the YPG during anti-ISIS operation in the southern countryside of Kobane. Photo: ARA News
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QAMISHLI – Fierce clashes took place in Kobane suburb in northern Syria between Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS), military sources reported on Monday.
The clashes centered in the vicinity of Sarrin town south of Kobane.
“Daesh terrorists targeted our security centers in Sarrin with several mortar shells, which lead to the outbreak of clashes in the vicinity of the town,” leadership of the YPG said in a statement on Monday evening, using another acronym for ISIS.
This comes after ISIS militants tried to infiltrate into the YPG-held town of Sarrin subsequent to receiving military reinforcements from Jarablous city west of Kobane on the border with Turkey.
The Kurdish forces have reportedly repelled the ISIS attack and forced the militants to withdraw towards Jarablous following fierce clashes with heavy weapons, during which casualties have fallen on both sides.
“The terror group has also tried to use car bombs in order to infiltrate into Sarrin, but our forces targeted the cars before reaching the town,” YPG spokesman in Kobane, Hebun Osman, told ARA News.
At least eight ISIS militants were killed in Monday’s clashes. On the other hand, three Kurdish fighters lost their lives after being hardly wounded.
In the meantime, warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition conducted several airstrikes on ISIS fighting positions west of Kobane, killing several militants and destroying two ISIS armored vehicles, the YPG leadership reported on Monday.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh and Qehreman Miste
Source: ARA News