Militants shell Kobane, Kurdish forces respond


ARA News

Suruc, Turkey – Different districts in the embattled Syrian city of Kobane were exposed to heavy shelling with mortars and “cannons of hell” by militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), Kurdish military sources reported on Sunday.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, the leading member of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) Shoresh Dijla said that the IS militants bombed various neighborhoods in the city of Kobane with more than 50 shells, pointing out that similar attacks targeted the customs building and the district of Kanya Murshidi west of the city. 

Additionally, some areas in downtown Kobane were targeted by IS mortars, causing casualties among civilians and damage to several residential buildings. 

Dijla reported that the international coalition’s warplanes targeted several sites of the radical group (IS) in the countryside of Kobane and some nearby villages.

“The coalition’s warplanes carried out aggressive raids deploying several missiles at the village of Mazraat Dawood (3 km eastern Kobane), where the group directed operations from inside,” Dijla told ARA News, adding that the IS insurgents stationed some heavy weapons in Mazraat Dawood to bombard Kobane’s neighborhoods.

In a related development, sources in Kobane reported that the coalition’s warplanes targeted on Saturday evening IS-maned convoy of cars in the eastern front of the city, causing the destruction of one IS vehicle with its entire crew.

The sources confirmed the execution of a similar attack by the coalition’s warplanes on an IS-held military unit in Kobane’s suburbs.

In the meantime, the clashes between the Kurdish forces and IS militants reportedly reached the outskirts of Tel Mashta Nour, a strategic hill overlooking Kobane, in the area south and east of the water tank –which was regained by the YPG fighters weeks ago, military sources said on Sunday.

“The IS sites in this region (Mashta Nour) were exposed to intense bombardment by the Peshmerga missiles.” 

Noteworthy, the Islamic State hard-line group continues to bring new reinforcements of fighters and supplies, despite the daily heavy losses in its ranks and the continuous U.S.-led strikes on Kobane.


Reporting by: Mohammed Ali Ahmed

Source: ARA News

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