A Peshmerga fighter in Shingal, northern Iraq. Photo: Pierre-yves Baillet/ARA News
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ZAXO – The Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan on Saturday repelled an offensive by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) near Makhmur district, according to military sources.
Peshmerga commander Serwan Barzani stated that five ISIS militants infiltrated into the Kuber-Makhmur area in a bid to launch suicide attacks on Peshmerga headquarters.
“Four of them were arrested before detonating their explosive belts, while the fifth terrorist bombed himself,” Barzani said in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan.
“One Peshmerga fighter was injured in the explosion, and his situation is stable now,” he added.
Kurdish forces rescue over 350 Iraqis who escaped ISIS-held Mosul
Hundreds of civilians who escaped Iraqi territory held by the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) received assistance by the Peshmerga forces of Iraqi Kurdistan, local sources reported on Saturday.
After fleeing ISIS-held areas in southern Mosul of Nineveh province, more than 350 Iraqi Arabs arrived in the Makhmur district to receive aid from the Kurdish Peshmerga troops.
“We saw hundreds of people arriving in Makhmur on Saturday after escaping the southern countryside of Mosul. They were mostly women, children and elderly. We tried to provide them with as much assistance as possible,” a Peshmerga officer told ARA News in Makhmur.
The displaced civilians have reportedly fled the villages of Halawat Sufla, Halawat Ulia and Qarraj.
“They received shelter and basic supplies in the Karaw town of Makhmur district. They are now safe from any ISIS threat,” the Kurdish official said.
Speaking to ARA News, head of Nineveh media centre Raafat al-Zarari reported that the number of civilians who fled ISIS territory in Mosul and Hawija on Saturday exceeded 400.
“They all headed to the Peshmerga headquarters seeking a safe haven,” he said. “They are now in Karaw town and tomorrow they’ll be transferred to the Dibkeh Camp within Makhmur.”
Al-Zarari added that thousands of people are still stranded in the ISIS-held areas in northwestern Iraq “waiting for an opportunity to escape”.
Reporting by: Mir Yaqoub and Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News