Kobane, Syria− The Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS) −a group affiliated with al-Qaeda− declared economic blockade against the Kurdish cities of Kobane and Afrin, near Syria’s Aleppo.
The group, which works under the banner of spreading the Islamic law (Sharia) in Syria’s northern area, is in a conflict with the Kurdish forces since months. Stronghold’s of ISIS were repeatedly targeted by the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) which forced the al-Qaeda fighters to withdraw from several cities and villages in the Kurdish areas, north Syria.
In an official statement issued on Tuesday, the ISIS group declared that all roads connecting Afrin and Kobane to Aleppo city will be cut off by its fighters, in an attempt to prevent any supplies reaching residents of both Kurdish cities.
The al-Qaeda affiliated ISIS resorted its decision to the continuing clashes between its fighters and forces of the YPG −armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD).
Kurds in both Kurdish cities are found guilty by ISIS for backing forces of the YPG.
Leadership of ISIS claimed that the decidedly blocked areas (Afrin and Kobane) are being used by the Kurdish YPG forces as strongholds in their war against the Islamic groups.
Since the start of Kurds-Islamists conflict in Syria, hundreds of fighters from both sides have been killed.
The YPG’s political leadership of the PYD was accused by ISIS of links with the Syrian regime. However, opposition activists consider the Islamic groups in general and ISIS in particular as serving the Assad regime against rebels.
Reportedly, the ISIS arrested ten members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the city of Tel Abyad, north Syria. The opposition-linked rebels of the FSA were trying to cross the border to Turkey before being captured by ISIS fighters on Wednesday.
According to activists, the incident indicates the growing tension between the rebels and al-Qaeda affiliations in Syria.
Reporting by: Hana Muslim and Egid Ibrahim
Source: ARA News
(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid)
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