ISIL militants forcibly displace Kurdish civilians, put houses on fire

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A Syrian Kurdish boy watches his war-torn hometown of Kobane from the Turkish border-line. Photo: AFP

ARA News 

Kobane, Syria – On Thursday, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, bombed and burned houses in the city of Kobane, following the displacement of tens of thousands of civilians from the war-torn city, coinciding with the U.S.-led airstrikes against IS locations, sources in Kobane told ARA News.

Abdo Mustafa, a Kurdish journalist in Kobane, reported that every coalition raid is associated with many explosions and rising of fumes pillars from various locations in the city.

“Being hit by airstrikes, extremists are trying to damage whatever they can in the city, as revenge against the Kurdish fighters,”Mustafa told ARA News. “Dozens of houses are put on fire by IS terrorists on Thursday.”

Sources close to the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) reported that fierce clashes have been taking place since Thursday morning in the eastern neighbourhoods of the city, in the vicinity of al-Hal market and the municipality Square.

At least three YPG fighters were killed on Thursday.

On the other hand, the coalition airstrikes against the IS-held positions at the outskirts of Kobane continued.

The village of Kolmend (southwest of Kobane), the areas around the village of Tel Shaeer (west of Kobane)as well as the vicinity of al-Hal market (northeastern Kobane) and Kaniya Araban in the east, were hit  by the coalition’s airstrikes.

ARA News could not verify the exact numbers of casualties caused by the coalition bombings.

Significantly, IS-linked media outlets still promote the idea of the ​​fall of Kobane, while the defending forces of the YPG are still engaged in fierce battles with the IS extremists to prevent their progress.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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