Kobane, Syria – Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) regained control of Chel Oghli village (25 km west of the city Kobane) in Aleppo province, north of Syria, after clashes with al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (Previously known as ‘ISIL’).
Local activists in Kobane told ARA News that clashes erupted between the YPG fighters and members of the Islamic State in the villages of Chel Oghli, al-Bayada, Jib al-Faraj and Shuyukh Fawqani, ended with the YPG control of Chel Oghli village, while the other areas in western Kobane remained under the Islamic State’s domination.
Speaking to ARA News on the phone, a leading member of the YPG stated that the clashes broke out in the early morning of Wednesday.
“Dozens of our (YPG) fighters were prepared for the operation against ISIL militants in these villages to regain control after we have lost them earlier. The battles ended with our forces’ control over Chel Oghli village and Tel Zagros (27 km west of Derbazin village in Kobane’s countryside), the source said.
The source confirmed that seven ISIL militants were killed during Wednesday’s clashes, while three YPG fighters were injured and transferred to al-Amal Hospital in the city of Kobane.
The region is witnessing continuous battles for three week between the Kurdish YPG fighters and the Islamic State militants. Dozens of casualties were reported on both sides, amid mass displacement among people of the villages near the clashes sites.
Reporting by: Raman Ahmed
Source: ARA News
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