Dozens of Kurdish casualties after clashes with al-Qaeda near Syria’s Qamishli

 

08-01-2014

 

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria− Fierce fighting took place between the Kurdish forces of the YPG and fighters of the al-Qaeda affiliated ISIL in the suburb of Qamishli city, northeast Syria. Over the last four days, battles continued between the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the town of Tel Hamis, south of Qamishlo/Qamishli. 

Dozens of casualties in the ranks of the Kurdish YPG were reported on Monday and Tuesday due to the clashes in Tel Hamis, most of them were transferred to the National Hospital in Qamishli. 

A member of the medical staff in the hospital −preferred anonymity− told ARA News that 8 YPG fighters died before reaching the hospital, adding that more than 25 others were injured and are receiving treatment in the hospital. 

“We received 8 corpses and 25 wounded fighters of the YPG, some of them are seriously injured and under treatment at the moment,” he said. “Among the dead were at least two female YPG fighters.”

The source added that those who were killed were handed over to their families on Tuesday evening. 

The recent clashes were preceded by the control of the YPG forces over Tel Hamis, 35km southern Qamishli. 

In a linked context, activists reported that the YPG fighters were exposed to an ambush by the ISIL fighters in the village Husseiniya, near Tel Hamis, on Tuesday, during which a number of the YPG members were killed and others were injured. 

Meanwhile, a state of panic surrounded the scene in the city of Qamishli on Tuesday. The YPG patrols were roaming the streets until evening, looking for who they called “agents of Islamists in the city”. 

Following the incidents, several barriers were reportedly installed by the YPG around the city of Qmishli. 

Al-Qaeda-linked ISIL −backed by other Islamist battalions− is in conflict with the Kurdish YPG forces −armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)− since months for control over Kurdish areas north and northeast of Syria.  

The YPG forces claim protection of Syria’s Kurdish-popuated region.

 

Reporting by: Miran Hussein and Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

 

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