ISIS advances in western Kobane


Kurdish civilians from Kobane crossing the border into Turkey. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – On Thursday, radical fighters of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) reported advances in the countryside of Kobane, northern Syria.

IS militants reportedly controlled the Kurdish village of Tel Shaeer in (4km west of the city of Kobane) following clashes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).

The YPG fighters, backed by rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), couldn’t prevent the IS advance towards Te Shaeer. Hours of clashes resulted in the withdrawal of the YPG and FSA fighters from the area, as IS extremists announced control of the village.

Speaking to ARA News, Dr. Mohammed Arif, a supervisor in a recently established field hospital in Kobane, said that clashes resumed between the Kurdish fighters and the IS group in the eastern neighborhoods of the city on Thursday.

According to Arif, a number of YPG fighters were injured during the clashes were transferred to the field hospital to receive treatment.

Meanwhile, activists at the Syria-Turkish border near Kobane told ARA News that the IS radicals opened fire on  people stranded on the barbwire  of the border, wounding 5 civilians, two of whom were transferred to the Turkish side in the town of Suruc.

“The remaining injured were moved to the field hospital of Kobane,” activists reported.

Noteworthy, the YPG fighters backed by the FSA factions regained control of Tel Shaeer about a week ago following clashes with IS militants, before the latter imposed their control on the village once again on Thursday.


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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