Urfa, Turkey – At least 52 militant fighters of the Islamic State extremist group (IS/ISIS or ISIL) were reported dead in the vicinity of the city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) of Aleppo province, northern Syria, following clashes with the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), according to a statement released by the YPG leadership on Monday. Casualties of IS were reported in separate clashes with the YPG.
“The Popular Protection Units (YPG) killed about 10 militants of IS group, following an attack launched by the group against the Kozka village east of Kobane, using tanks, guns and heavy weapons,” the YPG statement said.
The statement pointed out that the YPG forces responded to the attack and also destroyed a car loaded with a cannon (Dushka) and its crew, as they (YPG) carried out an extended military operation against the IS militants locations in the village of Sheran east of Kobane, causing the death of at least five IS militants fighters.
“Last night (Sunday night), the YPG forces carried out a military campaign against the IS strongholds in the villages of Momani and Menazi, southwest of Kobane. The YPG targeted four IS-held sites in the village Menazi and four other sites in the village of Momani, resulted in the death of at least 37 terrorists of the IS and the destruction of a military vehicle,” the YPG leadership said.
Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, Ahmed Ibrahim, one of Kobane residents, said that IS fighters targeted the city with five mortar shells on Monday, resulting in the death of at least four civilians.
“Dozens of others were injured,” Ibrahim reported.
In a phone call with ARA News in Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, an activist, preferring anonymity, said that the warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition carried out several raids on the city of Tel Abyad, targeting the court building in Iskan area and the school of Ain al-Arous (3 km south of the city), without causing casualties in IS ranks.
The source added that the IS group evacuated all its headquarters days ago, referring to high fuel prices in the city as an effect of the coalition targeting of oil refineries, and pointing to the widespread fear and terror among civilians.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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