Seven IS fighters killed in ongoing Kobani clashes

Published October 26th, 2014 - 06:00 GMT

Seven militants from the Islamic State (IS) have been killed in the ongoing clashes with the forces defending Ain Al-Arab in northern Syria, as the insurgents could not seize control of the Al-Jumruk district in the town, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in the UK, quoted "reliable sources" as saying that clashes between IS and the Kurdish People's Protection Units in Souq Al-Hal marketplace in the town (Kobani in Kurdish) continued through midnight on Saturday, as the insurgent group tried to restore dead bodies of its elements.

The fighting coincided with IS shelling of other parts in the town, as similar clashes went on the southern front of Kobani, leaving at least seven IS militants killed. Several fighters from the Units have also been reportedly killed, the Observatory said.

It noted that IS had failed in a fourth attempt to seize Kobani's Al-Jumruk, as it sought to siege the People's Protection Units in the town and cut off their supplies.

According to the Observatory's sources, the Units carried out a "quantum operation" targeting two IS military vehicles at the center of Kobani western countryside. Many have reportedly been killed in the attack.

Meanwhile, the monitoring group said fighting went on between the Syrian opposition forces on one hand and the regime and allied Asian and Arab militants on the other in many governorates.

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