Kobane: 19 militants of ISIS killed in new clashes

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Kurdish fighters in Kobane have reportedly advanced against militants of ISIS. File photo

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – Kurdish military sources reported Monday that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported more gains in northern Syria, as they took control of the district of school-complex in the embattled city of Kobane.

The YPG fighters also advanced in the fighting front of Tel Mashta Nour, the strategic hill overlooking Kobane, according to the YPG’s military sources.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, leading member of the YPG Shoresh Dijla said that the YPG started Sunday evening an operation against locations of the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants in central and eastern parts of the city (Kobane), where clashes continued until Monday.

“More than 10 members of the IS terrorists were killed in the operation which ended with the YPG’s control of the School of Industry and the rural school as well as the nearby governmental buildings,” Dijla added. 

The source also emphasized that the IS militants have planted dozens of mines in this area before their withdrawal, adding that expert Kurdish fighters are currently removing them.

Commenting on the ongoing battles near Tel Mashta Nour, southeast of Kobane, Dijla said that the YPG, backed by the Peshmerga and the FSA rebels, have regained control of two main streets in the area, killing a number of IS insurgents and seizing arms and ammunition.

“Also on Monday, the defending forces of Kobane were able to kill at least three IS militants in the vicinity of the new hospital, south of Kobane,” Dijla told ARA News.

In a related development, the YPG’s Media Center issued a statement on Monday, announcing the death of 19 militants of the hardline group in the ongoing battles of Kobane since Sunday, adding that they were able to repel an IS-led suicide attack. 

“Our units carried out a strategic operation against the terrorist groups stationed in four areas south of the city, led to the outbreak of fierce clashes continued until the evening hours of Monday,” the statement added. “The operation resulted in the killing of 19 terrorists and regaining more areas as well as seizing weapons and ammunition (5 Kalashnikov with 600 bullets, 1.000 bullets of BKS, 3 pouches, and 22 handmade mines).”  

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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