Sere Kaniye, Syria− Under the banner of “loyalty to the martyrs of Sere Kaniye”, the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) −armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)− launched a military operation against the al-Qaeda affiliated group of the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) in the Kurdish city of Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain, north of Syria.
The city was taken as a stronghold by the ISIS fighters two months ago, but clashes continued between them and the Kurdish YPG forces.
The media center of the YPG issued a statement on Tuesday confirming that “the first stage of the campaign succeeded which was aimed at clearing the main road between Sere Kaniye and Tel Temir in northern Syria”.
According to the YPG, the campaign (military operation) has started last week, following the bombing of Sere Kaniye/Ras Al Ain city from the villages of Asfar Najjar and Tel Halaf where the al-Qaeda linked ISIS are stationed.
“Our (YPG) forces took over the Musharafah village, and the number of villages dominated by the YPG since last week reached 19 villages, including Mujebra, Hilewa , Shishan , Tel Jamous, Safrani Gas Station, Northern Qatof, Qatof and southern Qatof, Jikima , al-Safh silos, Tel Dhiyab , Asadiyah, Bir Nouh, Quseir, Bir al-Zad , Siyadeh , Safeh village, Musharafah , Halabiya , Muwerid, Addouleh, and Tel Harmal,” the statement read.
According to the YPG leadership, several barriers, farms and strongholds belong to Islamists were dominated by the Kurdish forces on Monday.
“Meanwhile, a large quantity of weapons, ammunitions and a tank were seized as dozens of casualties between dead and wounded had fallen during the clashes,” the YPG statement added.
On the other hand, three fighters of the Kurdish forces of YPG were killed on the hands of the Islamists. Rezan Serekani, Jiyanda Kobani, and Khwinda Kobani were killed during the clashes.
Badran Misto, member of the civil Local Council in the city of Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain and leader of the Kurdish Yeketi Party in Syria, told ARA News that the military operations are still continuing along the highway between Hasakah and Sere Kaniye.
“A state of satisfaction dominated Sere Kaniye’s residents as the Kurdish forces achieved a progress on the ground,” Misto said, adding that a number of displaced people have returned to their homes “after the areas was controlled by the YPG.
“However, the village of Tal Halaf is still under the control of the ISIS fighters and allied battalions from the opposition’s Free Syrian Army (FSA),” he told ARA News on the phone.
The city of Sere Kanyeh/Ras al-Ain is located in the northern province of Hasaka, near the Syrian-Turkish border, a point where Khabur River enters the Syrian lands. The 23,000 square kilometer city of Sere Kaniye is located 85 km north of Hasakah province, 90 km west of the city of Qamishli.
In November 2012, battalions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) entered Sere Kaniye, causing the displacement of hundreds of Kurdish families from the city. Since then, continuous clashes took place between the YPG on the one hand, and the FSA-Islamists fighters on the other hand.
Report by: Majid Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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