Kurdish fighters of the YPG. Photo: Jinda Ibrahim/ARA News
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KOBANE ــ At least ten rebel fighters were killed during clashes with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the vicinity of the mainly Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, leadership of the YPG said on Friday.
The YPG’s Media Center issued a statement, obtained by ARA News, saying: “The joint attacks launched by the terrorists of Sultan Murad brigade, Ahrar al-Sham, the 16th Brigade, the Conquest Brigade, Fastaqim Kama Umirt group, the 13th Brigade, the Northern Division and the Nour ad-Din Zanki Brigades on the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in the city of Aleppo are still ongoing.”
“The terrorists [in reference to Syrian Islamist rebels] attacked the neighborhood with mortars and hell cannons in a bid to break into the Sheikh Maqsoud through the Youth Housing area and the Intelligence Street, but our units [YPG] engaged with them in clashes that lasted for several hours until the morning hours,” the statement read.
The YPG’s leadership emphasized the Kurdish forces were able to kill three rebel fighters in the Youth Housing area as well as three more in the Intelligence Street.
“As clashes continue between the two sides, our fighters [YPG] were able on Friday midnight to kill four other terrorists from the assailants [rebels],” the statement added.
Speaking to ARA News in Sheikh Maqsoud, media activist Imran Darwish said that the Kurdish Asyaish security forces in the neighborhood have imposed a curfew within the neighborhood, saying the move come in a bid to protect civilians.
After clashes erupted last February between rebels and the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces, fierce clashes have been took place over control of the neighborhood of Sheik Maqsoud and the Castello road, which has so far killed at least 85 Kurdish civilians since 16 February.
Meanwhile, speaking to ARA News, a spokesman for the YPG said that the anti-terrorism units [a Kurdish special force] carried out a clearing campaign against the Islamist rebels in the village of Shuwaikh, which lies between the city Hasakah and the area of Shaddadi, and were able to foil an ISIS-prepared plan to launch an offensive on the region, capturing one of jihadis in the area.
“The campaign resulted in the arrest of the jihadi militant Hani Mohammed al-Khudair, aka Abu Hazim, seizing control of three Kalashnikov rifles, 9 magazines, 200 bullets, in addition to a pistol along with three military backpacks with two mines,”the Kurdish official said.
Reporting by: Hozan Mamo
Source: ARA News