Kurdish man stands next to the ruins of his house in Kobane after returning from a refugee camp in Turkey. Photo: ARA News
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KOBANE – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday launched a renewed offensive on Kurdish villages in the vicinity of Kobane in northern Syria.
ISIS militants bombed a number of Kurdish villages with dozens of mortar shells, causing casualties among civilians.
“At least 13 people were killed and dozens more wounded in the ISIS-led bombardment on Thursday,” rights activist Salah al-Kurdi told ARA News in Kobane.
The radical group has bombed the villages of Qubbah, Jaada, Tel Abar, Nasiriyah and Zor Maghar with dozens of mortar shells fired from its headquarters in Jarablus, west of Kobane.
“ISIS tries to terrorize civilians in Kobane by carrying out such attacks,” the source said.
In the meantime, Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) responded to the offensive by targeting ISIS headquarters near Jarablus on the border with Turkey.
Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, YPG spokesman Hebun Osman said: “Subsequent to the terror offensive on western Kobane, our forces hit ISIS headquarters near Jarablus with heavy artillery shells and rockets.”
The Kurdish official added that the ISIS-led attacks stopped on Thursday evening after the YPG bombed several vehicles and a security center for the group.
Reporting by: Hozan Mamo
Source: ARA News