Kurds liberate two northern Syrian towns from Daesh

Published May 10th, 2015 - 09:00 GMT
Foreign fighters who joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to fight in their ranks against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria take part in a training session on April 29, 2015 in the south-west Syrian region of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border. (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)
Foreign fighters who joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to fight in their ranks against jihadists and Islamist rebels in northeastern Syria take part in a training session on April 29, 2015 in the south-west Syrian region of Ras al-Ain, close to the Turkish border. (AFP/Uygar Onder Simsek)

Kurdish fighters have recaptured two villages near Syria's northern border town of Kobani from Daesh.

Reports say Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) took the control of Arna and Hadid southwest of the town following fierce clashes with Daesh militants. 

Fresh clashes also broke out between the two sides on the Aleppo-Hasakah road following the Daesh attack on the villages.

Kurdish fighters seized Kobani, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab, on the border with Turkey on January 26. Since then battles have continued to recapture some 350 nearby villages near the town.

On Saturday, YPG also said in statement that its forces recapture the village of Tel Majdala in the western countryside of Hasakah in northeastern Syria following heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists.

The statement said that the clashes erupted on Friday and lasted until Saturday evening in the villages of Ashra and Majdala.

“The clashes ended with the YPG’s control of the Majdala village,” it said.

The Kurdish fighters also killed 38 Daesh militants and seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition, it added.

More than 220,000 people have reportedly died in nearly four years of conflict in Syria. In 2014 alone, over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, were killed in the country.

Violence has also upended the lives of many, forcing more than 7.2 million Syrians from their homes, according to the United Nations.

The militant groups, with members from several Western countries, control parts of Syria and Iraq, and have been carrying out horrific acts of violence such as public decapitations and crucifixions against all communities such as Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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