Kurdish fighters of the YPG in Afrin, northwest Syria. Photo: ARA News
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ALEPPO – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) attacked strongholds of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front in Aleppo province, northern Syria, and reported new gains, military sources said on Monday.
The YPG, supported by moderate rebels of the al-Thuwar Army, bombed with mortar fire and heavy artillery the towns of Meranaz and Der Jamal in the northern countryside of Aleppo, targeting strongholds of Islamist rebels of the Nusra Front and allied Ahrar al-Sham Movement.
“Under the blows of the Kurdish forces, the Islamists evacuated their headquarters in the two towns,” YPG member Wael Ahmed told ARA News in Aleppo.
“Subsequent to the YPG-led operation, clashes broke out in the vicinity Meranaz and Der Jamal. At least 12 Islamist fighters from Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham were killed and several others were wounded,” the source said, adding that the Islamists were eventually forced to withdraw from both towns on Monday midnight.
This comes as sporadic clashes continue between the YPG fighters and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in the Sherawa district near Afrin in northwestern Aleppo, where Kurds regained control of several villages last week.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News