Young man is seen in Mabrouka village working on rebuilding his house after ISIS departure. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

SERE KANIYE – After Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) expelled the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) from Syria’s northeastern city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and its suburbs in Hasakah province, dozens of families started to return to their hometowns and villages in the area, local sources reported on Sunday. 

Activists confirmed that dozens of families, who were displaced during ISIS-YPG battles along Syria-Turkey border, have returned to the village of Mabrouka and its surrounding areas over the past few days.

Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, the mayor of Mabrouka village Ibrahim Hamidi Abdullah said that the number of families that have returned home reached 80 families by now, especially after cleaning the village from ISIS-planted mines by specialized units from the YPG forces.

Abdullah pointed out that 80% of the population have come back home. “I personally participated with the Kurdish forces in removing the mines. Normal life returns gradually to the village,” the mayor said. 

“With the outbreak of fighting in the region, we have been displaced, erecting tents in the desert to protect ourselves from winter’s cold and summer’s heat,” Aisha Mahmoud, an elderly woman from the village of Mabrouka, told ARA News.

“As our villages have been liberated by the brave Kurdish fighters, we came back to reconstruct what have been damaged by the barbaric group [ISIS]. We simply want to live in peace,” she said.   

Speaking to ARA News in Marbrouka, the Relations Committee official in the Asayish forces, Sheikh Hamo, said: “After cleaning the village from the mines planted by the [ISIS] terror group, we allowed people to return home.”

Mabrouka, Dahmaa and ar-Rawiya villages were contact points between ISIS and the YPG, where both sides had been engaged in fierce battles before the latter recaptured the area last year.

Reporting by: Haytham Haji

Source: ARA News

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