Jihadi commander killed in clashes with Kurdish YPG forces near Kobane

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG gathering in Hasakah countryside, northeast Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

KOBANE Clashes renewed on Sunday between Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the countryside of Kobane in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, military sources reported. 

At least 20 ISIS militants were killed, including the jihadi commander Abu Firas al-Safwani, at the hands of the YPG fighters near the Tishreen Dam in the southwestern countryside of Kobane. 

“ISIS militants first attacked a YPG security centre south of Kobane by mortar fire. The attacked caused the death of five of our fighters and injured several others,” a spokesman for the YPG told ARA News on Sunday.

“Then clashes broke out between our forces and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Tishreen Dam. We were eventually able to repel the attack after killing more than 20 militants, including the prominent ISIS jihadi leader Abu Firas al-Safwani,” the Kurdish official said.

MASSACRE 

This comes just one day after militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) infiltrated into the countryside of Kobane in Syria’s northern Aleppo province and slaughtered dozens of civilians.

On Saturday, a group of ISIS extremists stormed the Kurdish village of Saikol near the Sarrin town in the southern countryside of Kobane, and broke into civilians houses. 

“The terrorists infiltrated into the village of Saikol, avoiding security checkpoints of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). They slaughtered dozens of civilians, mostly children and women,” local rights activist Cheleng Hassan told ARA News.

“Clashes broke out between the YPG and a group of ISIS extremists in the village, where at least six ISIS militants were killed and a number of others were arrested. However, after the clashes, we were shocked by seeing dead bodies of dozens of villages inside the residential neighbourhoods. They were all slaughtered by knives,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

Kurdish YPG officer in Kobane Habun Osman said that most of the victims were children and women.

“Those terrorists have infiltrated into the village while dressing as civilians. They took advantage of the fragile security situation in the village, as most of the YPG fighters in Kobane countryside are now participating in the ongoing clashes with ISIS in Manbij. Those barbarians committed a horrible massacre against innocent civilians as a revenge against the Kurdish forces after their victories over the group in different parts of northern Syria,” the officer told ARA News.

The southern countryside of Kobane has been exposed to several attacks by ISIS militants since the Kurdish YPG forces liberated the area from ISIS over a year ago.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh and Hozan mamo 

Source: ARA News

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