Kurdish fighters in Aleppo deny receiving Russian military support


Kurdish fighters of the YPG are seen in Hasakah city heading to the anti-ISIS fighting front south of the province. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

ALEPPO – The Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) operating in the Sheikh Maqsoud district in Aleppo city denied receiving any Russian military support in their fight against Islamist rebel groups. 

Fighters of the YPG have been engaged in fierce clashes with Syrian Islamist groups in Sheikh Maqsoud in the city of Aleppo for weeks.

The pro-opposition Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCCS) said in a statement on Wednesday that Russian cargo planes dropped about five tons of light weapons and ammunition to the Kurdish YPG forces in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo, northern Syria.

“The Russian planes dropped the ammunition shipment at about 3:00 Tuesday midnight,” the LCCS reported. 

However, sources close to the Kurdish Auto-Administration denied this news.

Speaking to ARA News, spokesman of the Auto-Administration in Afrin, Rezan Hiddo, denied the claims of receiving weapons, quoting informed sources in the YPG forces in Aleppo. 

“The news about receiving Russian weapons by the YPG are baseless,” he stressed.

Also Wednesday, several Syrian opposition sources reported that the Russian warplanes targeted locations for the anti-YPG Islamist factions in the vicinity of Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in Aleppo.

Over the past two days, the Kurdish forces, backed by allied rebel group of the al-Thuwar Army, have recaptured several villages in Aleppo countryside following fierce clashes with Islamist armed groups, during which casualties fell on both sides.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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