Kurdish fighters report advance north Syria

16-11-2013

 

ARA News

Tel Temir, Hasakah, Syria− After fierce clashes with the Islamist battalions, Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) reportedly controlled the village of Tel Hafyan, near the Kurdish city of Tel Temir in Hasakah province.

Ali Ibrahim, a media activist in Tel Temir, told ARA News that violent clashes took place between the YPG forces and a number of Islamist groups “including al-Nusra Front and Ansar al-Sharia” in the village of Tel Hafyan on Wednesday. 

“The Islamist fighters declared withdrawal from the village, and the YPG forces took complete control over the area,” Ibrahim said. “Members of al-Nusra and Ansar al-Sharia, who withdrew from Tel Hafyan, are currently based in the neighbouring village of al-Rukba.”

The YPG forces −military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)− tries to make further advance in the Syrian northern areas, especially those held by Islamist groups. 

On Thursday, renewed clashes took place between the YPG and al-Qaeda-linked group of Jabhat al-Nusra in the village of al-Rukba, after the YPG fighters targeted strongholds of the Islamist group in the village by mortars and RBJ heavy guns. No casualties were reported on al-Rukba’s happenings.  

Last week, leadership of the Kurdish YPG issued a statement saying that its forces has “liberated” 19 Kurdish villages in the suburbs of the city of Tirbespi/Qahtaniya earlier this month. 

“Our forces defeated the al-Qaeda groups and forced them to retreat from the villages of Awayna Salim, Ruhayah Sughra and Kubra, Shaybaniya, Dandah, Ruhaya Zaher, Tel Eid, Diyab, Muhammadiyah, Soufiya, Murra, Taya, Abu Mugrin, Mazloomeh, Khirbet al-Sum, Maqrniat, Khirbet Aljehash, Maghsal, Nabuha, Bazouna, and Khirbet al-Tayir,” the statement read. 

During the Islamist groups domination in the Kurdish areas, dozens of Kurdish residents were subject to abduction and humiliation. Sources told ARA News that 16 Kurdish students were kidnapped in September by Alhaq battalion −a group linked to Jabhat al-Nusra. “Those students were taken to an anonymous destination, and no information was revealed about their destiny,” sources said. 

Activists reported that fierce fighting between the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) and Islamist armed groups continues in several Kurdish areas in north-eastern Syria, including villages in the countryside of Sere Kaniye and Qamishlo’s suburbs. 

 

Report by: Jan Perwer and Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid. Translation by: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim)

 

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