Kurdish fighters retake Kobane

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Kurdish fighters regained the city of Kobane on Saturday, after combatting ISIS militants for days. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – On Saturday, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained control of the city of Kobane in northern Syria, after two days of battles against militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS).

Local sources told ARA News that about a hundred IS militants were able to infiltrate the city of Kobane at dawn of Thursday, coming from the southern countryside and disguised by uniforms of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) fighters. 

After infiltrating into Kobane, militants of the Islamic State reportedly killed dozens of Kurdish civilians in the city. More than 220 civilians were killed by IS militants.

On Saturday, the YPG’s Media Center told ARA News: “Our units (YPG) were able to liberate the city after killing more than 80 terrorists of Daesh (IS).” 

The Documentation Center in Kobane reported the death of 227 Kurdish civilians at the hand of the hardline group in the past two days, adding that 253 others were injured during shelling and suicide attacks by the radical group.

“Most of the victims were women and children,” a member of the Documentation Center told ARA News in Kobane.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Saturday that the coalition’s warplanes conducted ten airstrikes against locations of IS militants in Kobane. 

The airstrikes hit vehicles and fighting positions of the extremist group in Kobane. The strikes helped the Kurdish forces to advance and force the group to withdraw from the city. 

 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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