Kurds claim control of 70% of Kobane city: military sources

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG during a training session in Syria's Sere Kaniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – Military sources reported that clashes renewed Sunday between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the city of Kobane, in northern Syria. 

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, YPG fighter Khalid Minas said that the city  experienced “fierce clashes”, adding that both fighting parties used heavy weapons during the clashes.

“The district of Al-Sinaa was a main location for Sunday’s clashes in Kobane,” Minas said. “The Kobane-Aleppo road was used by the IS terrorists to reach our (YPG) headquarters in the city, but we were able to block the road and prevent the terrorists from advancing.”

According to a statement issued by the YPG’s Media Centre, 13 militants of the IS radical group were killed in the clashes.

“The Peshmerga forces also shelled IS sites in the southern suburbs of the city, while the militants continued pounding northern and western neighborhoods of the city with mortars and Shelka artillery, causing substantial damage to residential buildings,” Minas told ARA News.

In the meantime, the IS’ strongholds in southern Kobane were targeted by U.S. warplanes, causing huge explosions in one of the group’s weapons warehouse in the area, but there were no reports of casualties. 

According to military sources, the Kurds are in control of about 70% of the ciyt of Kobane. However, observers stressed that measuring areas of control is “very difficult at the moment” due to the hit-and-run clashes and unexpected daily developments. 

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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