Strongholds of Kurdish fighters attacked by al-Qaeda affiliated group near Syria’s Tel Temir

 

24-11-2013

 

ARA News

Tel Temir, Hasakah, Syria− Activists reported on Friday that members of the al-Qaeda-linked group of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) attacked “three checkpoints” of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) near the city of Tel Temir, in Hasakah Province north of Syria. 

The YPG has recently installed a number of checkpoints near Tel Temir after fierce clashes with the Islamist fighters of ISIS. 

The ISIS fighters attacks included the villages of al-Gheibish, Tel Hamam and Tel Shimiran that are currently under the domination of the Kurdish YPG.z

Sources in the area told ARA News that, beside a number of injuries, “28 members of the YPG were killed” during the ISIS attacks against their checkpoints. The sources confirmed that few YPG members were abducted by Islamist fighters Friday’s attacks.z

The majority of the al-Ghbeish villagers left their homes and resorted to neighbouring areas due to the violence that spread across their village on Friday.z

Al-Qaeda affiliated ISIS has reportedly stationed snipers on residential building’s roofs in al-Ghbeish, Tel Hamam and Tel Shimiran sins Wednesday, in order to facilitate its operations against the YPG.z

Ali Jizrawi, an Kurdish activist in Tel Temir, told ARA News that the YPG reacted to the attacks by “burning nearly 75 houses thought to have hosted ISIS fighters in the Al-Gheibish village”. 

“ISIS snipers shot two of the YPG fighters (Abdullah Bauka and Muhammad Badirkhan) in Tel Hafyan village near Tel Temir on Thursday,” Jizrawi said. 

Meanwhile, the YPG issued a statement on Saturday, vowing of a “strong revenge” against the ISIS fighters after Tel Temir’s attacks.

“We will cleanse the region of the ‘terrorist groups’ of al-Qaeda completely,” the YPG statement read. “Our operations will never come to an end until we make sure that no single al-Qaeda member survive in our Kurdish areas in Syria.” 

 

Reporting by: Jan Perwer

Source: ARA News

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

 

 

 

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