Internal clashes hit ISIS ranks in Syria’s Tabqa: SDF

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Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo

ARA News

Internal clashes broke out on Saturday between militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) in the town of Tabqa in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province, military sources reported.

This comes amidst continued advance by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS in Tabqa. The SDF has imposed a heavy siege on ISIS-held neighbourhoods inside the town.

A source in the Syrian Democratic Forces confirmed that internal fighting erupted among ISIS fighters in Tabqa, after some of them wanted to surrender due to the SDF siege on the town.

“As a result of the fighting and the siege on the ISIS terrorists inside the city of Tabqa, the Syrian Democratic Forces is witnessing that some of the Daesh [ISIS members] want to surrender themselves to the SDF,” said Jesper Söder, a Swedish volunteer with the SDF forces.

“But their commanders don’t allow them to do this, so they are fighting among themselves inside Tabqa,” the source said.

According to the SDF member, a number of ISIS militants have been killed by their own in Tabqa city on Saturday.

“Several Daesh [fighters] have been killed by their own inside of the city,” Söder reported.

The information could not be verified by other sources.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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