Despite air strikes, ISIS advances towards Kurdish border city

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Syrian Kurds carry belongings as they cross the border between Syria and Turkey fleeing IS atrocities in Kobane. File photo

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria – On Tuesday, fierce clashes took place between militants of the Islamic State (IS) and Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the western countryside of Kobane city, northern Syria.

According to local activists, nine fighters of IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL) were killed during the clashes. 

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Kurdish activist Asaad Ali said that the YPG forces prevented the advance of IS militants towards Kobane on Tuesday, adding that the clashes resulted in a number of injuries in the ranks of the Kurdish forces. 

“There is a sharp shortage of weapons among the YPG forces, compared to the reinforcements received by IS extremists,” Ali said. 

Local sources also reported that at least four civilians were killed as IS militants targeted the city of Kobane with mortar fire on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, the Turkish army mobilized its forces and established centering points on the hills overlooking the Turkish side of Kobane, bringing 15 tanks and a number of armoured vehicles and rocket launchers to the Syrian side in preparation for any developments.

Activists told ARA News that IS extremists advanced towards the Turkish border on Tuesday, accusing Turkey of being reluctant to take action against the armed Islamists “who constantly attack Kurdish civilians”. 

On the other hand, the U.S.-led international coalition launched several raids against headquarters of the Islamic State in the southern countryside of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria, killing and injuring dozens of the group’s militants.

“Air strikes also hit the IS-held oil refinery in Koa’ Gazila area and another one in the village of Badee in southern Tel Abyad earlier on Monday,” a local activist in Tel Abyad told ARA News

 

Reporting by: Redwan Bizar 

Source: ARA News

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