At least 82 Kurdish YPG fighters killed in recent clashes with ISIS, Turkish army


Kurdish mothers mourn their sons who were killed in clashes with ISIS in northern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

The central command of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Monday announced that 82 of their fighters were killed in recent clashes with Islamist militants and the Turkish military in northern Syria.

“As our units continue their operations against ISIS terrorists and the Turkish Army in northern Syria, we have lost dozens of our bravest fighters during the past few weeks,” the YPG leadership said in a statement to ARA News.

At least 63 Kurdish fighters were killed in March during clashes with ISIS near Raqqa city. The YPG is a leading member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that are locked in fierce clashes with ISIS in the vicinity of the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa.

Another 19 YPG fighters were killed by Turkish fire near Kobane and Afrin.

“The Turkish military targeted Kurdish positions in Kobane and Afrin 47 times in March, using heavy artillery shelling and airstrikes. The bombardment caused a massive destruction to civilians’ houses, beside killing and wounding dozens, mostly civilians,” the YPG leadership said.

The Kurdish forces reportedly responded to the Turkish attacks on 27 occasions, where the Turkish military suffered losses in manpower and equipment, according to the YPG.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo | Source: ARA News

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