ISIL group cut power to prevent advance of Kurdish forces north Syria

25-01-2014

 

ARA News

Kobane, Syria− Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) cut off power in the city of Kobane since three days, activists reported.

After taking over several areas in Syria’s Kurdish region, the ISIL controlled main power centers including Tishreen Dam −a large power station in Syria’s north− near the city of Kobane. Residents of Jarablus, Serrin and Kobane suffered power cut over the last three days. 

According to activists, the ISIL’s step came after the advance of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) towards Qerequz, Seerin and al-Shuyukh areas. 

“The ISIL fighters purposively cut off power in a try to be prevent further advance of the YPG forces,” an activist based in Kobane told ARA News on Friday. 

The YPG −armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)− is in conflict with the al-Qaeda affiliated ISIL since months for control over northern areas in Syria. The YPG’s recent advance came after reported coordination between the its forces and rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) −who are also fighting against ISIL. 

Military sources in YPG told ARA News that the Arab tribes in the region demanded the YPG “to intervene in order to stop the ISIL massacres against civilians, especially in Jarablus”.

Forces of the YPG took western suburb of Kobane city as a stronghold in preparation to launch attacks against the ISIL headquarters in the city of Tel Abyad/Grespi, near the Turkish borders. 

Notably, the ISIL group regained control over the city of Tel Abyad and several other cities in the vicinity of Kobane after clashes with the Islamic factions and the FSA’s battalions. 

 

Reporting by: Saman Ali

Source: ARA News

 

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