Iraqi Kurdistan supplies new arms to Kobane


Peshmerga forces heading to the Syrian embattled city of Kobane through Turkey. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – On Wednesday, a new batch of weapons and ammunition sent from Iraqi Kurdistan arrived in the embattled city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in the province of Aleppo, in northern Syria. 

Speaking to ARA News from the village of Tel Shaeer in the countryside of Kobane, Mamo Najib, one of the few civilians who remained in the area, said that four truckloads of arms and ammunition along with medical supplies entered Kobane through Turkey.

“The equipment and aid were received by the Peshmerga forces and the YPG in Kobane,” he said.  

Meanwhile, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) reportedly bombed areas held by the defending forces in the western neighborhoods of Kobane.

“Five mortar shells hit our locations in western Kobane,” Shoresh Dijla, member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), told ARA News. “However, the shelling didn’t cause any casualties.” 

“The U.S.-led international coalition warplanes carried out four airstrikes against strongholds of IS in Kobane at 8:00 pm on Tuesday,” Dijlah reported.

In relevant developments, the Media Center of the YPG issued a statement on Wednesday, saying: “Last night our forces carried out a strategic operation against IS terrorists in the vicinity of Azadi Square at the southeastern front, which resulted in the death of dozens of terrorists.”

The statement pointed out that a small group of IS militants attempted to penetrate the YPG-held areas in the war-torn city, causing confrontations between both parties, ending with the withdrawal of IS militants. 

“Our forces seized weapons and ammunition from the militants before their withdrawal.” 

“The defending forces of the city took over 4 Kalashnikovs, PKC, RPG weapons and thousands bullets of PKC as well as 8 grenades, and other military supplies,” the YPG’s statement concluded. 

On Wednesday, the fighting in Kobane entered its 93rd day, without any substantial change in control over the city.

Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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