Kurdish forces take over Alok village, north Syria

22-09-2013

 

ARA News

Tel Temir, al-Hasakeh, Syria − Forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −the military arm of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD)− have fully dominated Alok village, in al-Hasakeh province, and re-opened the road between Derbasiyeh and Sere Kanye cities after a month of siege by the Islamist forces of Jabhat al-Nusra (al-Nusra Front) and Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS or DAASH).

During the last week, al-Qaeda linked Islamist fighters of  al-Nusra Front and ISIS reportedly attacked the village of Alok and took it as a stronghold, in an attempt to cut off the strategic road of Debaseyah-Serie Kanye and besiege the Kurdish YPG forces in the area. 

Consequently, fierce clashes occurred between both parties, where different types of weapons were used, including tanks cannons and hand grenades. dozens of fighters from both sides were killed due to the clashes.

As the al-Nusra and ISIS operations didn’t succeed, the Islamist brigades retreated from Alok village and settled in Humaid, Derdara and al- Jafa villages, while the YPG closed the crosses and stormed houses looking for possibly hiding Islamist fighters. 

On the other hand, the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD) issued a statement condemning the siege on the Kurdish city of Sere Kanye and the “terrorist” attacks against Kurds. The PYD has also called on all Syrian forces to bear their responsibility towards the area and end the Islamists-led siege of the city and other Kurdish areas in Syria.

Alok village is located in the east of Sere Kanye/Ras al-Ain, 5 Km on the way to Derbaseyeh. Alok population is estimated with 1,000 residents.  

 

Report by: Muntasir Mirzo

Source: ARA News

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