Kurdish fighters of the YPG seize a number of guns from ISIS after clashes near Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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HASAKAH – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Monday repelled an attack by militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province, military sources reported.
The group started the offensive by launching a mortar attack on a YPG security centre near the town of Shaddadi in southern Hasakah.
“Then clashes broke out between the Kurdish forces and ISIS militants near the villages of Malha and Bir Malan in the vicinity of Shaddadi,” a spokesman for the YPG told ARA News in Hasakah.
At least five ISIS members were killed in the clashes, while the YPG lost two fighters, according to the official.
“The terrorist group was trying to infiltrate into the recently liberated areas of Shaddadi, but our forces were eventually able to repel the attack,” the source added.
Backed by a western air cover, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have expelled ISIS jihadi fighters from Shaddadi in mid-February.
Since then, specialized teams from the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)–leading member in the SDF– have been searching for and dismantling land-mines and explosive devices left behind by ISIS militants.
Recapturing Shaddadi –ISIS main bastion in Hasakah province– came after the YPG units and allied SDF forces cut off a main supply route for the ISIS radical group near Syria’s northeastern border with Iraq.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News