YPG and allies expel ISIS from Christian villages northeast Syria

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Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ securing a checkpoint in the Assyrian countryside of Tel Temit, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

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Qamishli, Syria – The Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied Assyrian fighters liberated 14 Assyrian villages in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, after fierce battles with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), Kurdish military sources reported on Wednesday.

The radical group had taken over the villages last February, which caused the displacement of hundreds of Assyrian Christian families from the countryside of Tel Temir in Hasakah province. 

The sources confirmed that the YPG fighters in cooperation with the Haras al-Khabur force and the Syriac Military Council regained control of 14 Assyrian villages in the province of Hasakah, after fierce clashes with Daesh (IS). 

On February 23, IS militants targeted the Khabur region, which includes 35 Assyrian towns and villages, and was able to control 14 villages, forcing thousands of Assyrians to flee for fear of massacres. However the Kurdish and Assyrian fighters forced the group to withdraw from the area after intensive attacks on its tactical units. 

Head of the Assyrian Network for Human Rights, Osama Edward, emphasized the Kurdish forces’ advancement in the region. 

“The joint forces’ (YPG and Assyrian armed factions) control over the Assyrian areas came after continuous attacks, as well as intensive raids by the U.S.-led coalition’s strikes near the strategic town of Tel Temir in the Khabur area,” he said.

In the meantime, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the coalition’s warplanes conducted fierce strikes against headquarters of the IS militants in the past two days, which helped the YPG fighters and allied forces to push the radical group out of the Assyrian area.

There are more than 30.000 Assyrians in Syria out of 1.2 million Christians in the country. The majority of Syria’s Assyrians reside Hasakah province, northeastern the country.

 

Reporting by: Egid Yousef

Source: ARA News

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