SDF fighters take position on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in southwestern Kobane during clashes with ISIS militants. Photo: ARA News
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KOBANE – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday bombed a key bridge over the Euphrates River in northern Syria.
The Qereh Qozak Bridge, which links Kobane with the northern countryside of Aleppo, was used by the group to move between southern Kobane and Jarablus city on border with Turkey, before the Kurdish units retook large areas in the vicinity of the bridge in late 2015.
“Daesh terrorists detonated explosives and bombed the bridge completely,” spokesman of the Kurdish forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane, Hebun Osman, told ARA News, using an acronym for ISIS.
“The terrorists have bombed the bridge to prevent the Kurdish fighters from using it against them in the battles,” the official said.
The Kurdish YPG fighters and allies of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have recently regained large territories from ISIS in the vicinity of Kobane in northern Syria after fierce clashes with ISIS.
In December 2015, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the SDF expelled ISIS militants from the Tishreen Dam on the Euphrates River, which has for long served as a supply line for the extremist group between its de facto capital of Raqqa and the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Reporting by: Hozan Mamo
Source: ARA News