ISIL to Syrians: either allegiance or forced displacement

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Displaced family from Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Tel Abyad, Syria – Clashes renewed on Tuesday between Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and militants of al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State in several villages in the countryside city of Tel Abyad (Girespi) in Raqqa province, northeast of Syria.

Both sides reportedly used heavy and medium weapons during the clashes in addition to the exchange of rocket fire with mortars and heavy artillery in the vicinity of the Kurdish village of Koy Abdi, local activists from the area told ARA News.

Islamic State militants bombarded gatherings of the YPG fighters with heavy artillery in the vicinity of Koy Abdi village, lifting the siege on its militants who were captured few days ago by the YPG fighters in the area near the mill, activists reported.

In a linked context, the Islamic State issued a statement on Tuesday, asking villagers of the environs of ISIL-held Tel Abyad to either pledge allegiance to the Islamic State group in the region or evacuate their houses, some residents of the Arab villages in the region told ARA News. 

As the Islamic State (ISIL) tries to broaden circle of control in northern Syria, the region is witnessing fierce clashes between the YPG on the one hand, and the ISIL militants on the other hand, since nearly a week. Many casualties were reported from both sides.

 

Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News

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