Kurds-Islamists conflict continues in Syria’s Tel Abyad

17-11-2013

 

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Hasakah, Syria sporadic clashes took place in the suburbs of the city of Tel Abyad between the al-Qaeda-linked group of Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) and the Kurdish forces of the YPG −armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). 

Several Kurdish villages near Tel Abyad/Girespi saw violent clashes between the ISIS and YPG, as each group attempts to widen its area of domination in Syria’s northern region, especially in western Tel Abyd.

The ISIS fighters targeted Katkaniye and Fayonta villages with a number of shells on Friday, aimed to weaken the YPG’s grip in the villages that have been controlled by the Kurdish YPG forces over months after the withdrawal of the pro-Assad security from most of the Kurdish areas.

Fierce clashes followed as the YPG forces counter-attacked headquarters of the al-Qaeda-linked ISIS in Tel Abyad’s western suburbs, activists told ARA News.

“There is a growing fear in the ranks of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham from a possible attacks to their strategic strongholds in Tel Abyd by the Kurdish YPG forces. Therefore, pro-ISIS snipers are stationed on the tops of buildings in several neighborhoods in the city,” an activist in Tel Abyad said in interview with ARA News, preferred anonymity.

Sources linked to the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) reported that their forces attacked the headquarters of the al-Qaeda affiliated ISIS in the village of Birkino in the western countryside of Girespi/Tel Abyad, north of Syria.

According to the YPG sources, “at least 16 Islamist fighters have been killed” during the Thursday’s operation in Birkino village, and “two ISIS military vehicles have been destroyed” by the YPG. However, no information was revealed on the casualties in the ranks of the YPG.

Activists in Tel Abyad said that civilians suffer a sharp shortage of basic supplies, water scarcity and cut of power since one week.

Most of the Kurdish areas in Syria suffer a constant cut of power, the fact that led thousands of families to leave their villages and cities and resort to neighboring countries.

 

Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News

(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid. Translation by: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim)

 

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