Kurdish YPG fighter killed by Qaeda, north Syria



ARA News

Urfa, Turkey− On Saturday, a fighter from the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) was killed in the city of Tel Abyad/Grespi in Raqqa province, north Syria.

The YPG member was killed when al-Qaeda affiliated group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targeted with mortar shells a stronghold of the Kurdish forces of the YPG west of Tel Abyd city. 

Mahmoud Khalil, 26 from the Idnaniya village (25km western Tel Abyad) was severely wounded on Friday, after a mortar shell landed near his location inside the YPG stronghold. He was reportedly transferred to the city hospital of Kobane, where he died on Saturday.

Local sources told ARA News that Khalil is the first YPG fighter to be killed in a ISIL-led bombing in that location since the al-Qaeda affiliate regained control over Tel Abyad nearly one month ago. 

A number of YPG-held villages in the western countryside of Tel Abyad −including Birmiko, Susik and Malouh Qamar− were targeted by ISIL which resorted to the use of mortar hells in its fight against the YPG to take over Tel Abyad countryside. 

Renewed clashes broke out between the YPG forces and ISIL fighters on Saturday evening. Three ISIL members were reportedly killed during the clashes.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News


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