Kurds repel renewed ISIS attack north Raqqa

Kurdish fighters of the YPG shooting at an IS position during clashes south Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

KOBANE – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) repelled on Sunday an attack by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) near the town of Ain Issa in Syria’s northern province of Raqqa.

ISIS jihadis hit with mortar fire a security checkpoint for the YPG at the southern entrance of Ain Issa town in the northern countryside of Raqqa.

At least two Kurdish fighters were killed before clashes broke out between the YPG and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Ain Issa. 

Speaking to ARA News, YPG official Habun Osman said that the clashes continued until Sunday midnight, when the militants were forced to retreat towards their positions inside Raqqa.

“At least four ISIS terrorists were killed and several others were wounded in the clashes, where heavy machine guns were used by our forces to deter the terror attack on Ain Issa,” Osman said.

“The terrorists were eventually forced to withdraw from the area under heavy blows by our (YPG) units,” he added. 

The town of Ain Issa has been regained by the Kurdish YPG forces subsequent to fierce battles against ISIS nearly eight months ago. Since then, the radical group has launched several offensives on the YPG positions in the town in a bid to retake it, especially for its location north of Raqqa city –which is considered the ISIS de facto capital and its main bastion in Syria.  

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo 

Source: ARA News 

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