Kurdish YPG forces withdraw from areas near Kobane after clashes with ISIL

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20-03-2014

 

ARA News

Kobane, Syria– Fighters of the Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) controlled on Wednesday the grain storage center in Serrin area south of Kobane city in the countryside of Aleppo, after three days of clashes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Islamic Front fighters. 

A source in the ranks of the YPG forces told ARA News that the YPG fighters “tactically” withdrew from the area around 4 o’clock in the morning due to the arrival of ISIL military reinforcements from Manbaj city north of Aleppo.

According to the YPG source, “3 YPG fighters lost their lives and 11 others were injured and taken to a hospital in Kobane city”.

“While our forces (YPG) killed a large number of ISIL fighters and injure several others,” the sources said. 

Serrin’s grain storage center is located 30 km south of Kobane city on the International Highway between Aleppo and Hasaka city. Reportedly, 5000 tons of wheat is stored in the center.

In a similar context, clashes erupted between YPG and ISIL fighters in the villages of Khaross and Kikdadi near Serrin road junction, while the city of Kobane saw a state of alertness and preparation amid the heading of a number of young men from the city and its southern countryside to the front lines to join the YPG forces in fighting ISIL group.   

Notably, YPG forces, rebels of Ahrar Suriya Brigade, al-Akrad Front and the Islamic Front have been together fighting against the ISIL group over the last few days. 

 

Reporting by: Baran Misko

Source: ARA News

 

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