Turkey-backed Syrian rebels attack Kobane

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Musa, a 25-year-old Kurdish marksman, stands atop a building as he looks at the destroyed city of Halimce, east of the Syrian town of Kobane. File photo

ARA News

Turkey-backed rebel groups in Syria launched on Tuesday an offensive on a Kurdish village in Kobane district, in northern Syria.

The Islamist rebels based in northern Aleppo shelled the Shuyukh village in Kobane with mortar fire.

“The village was hit by dozens of mortar shells, fired by Turkey-backed Islamists that are based in the vicinity of Jarablus city,” a local media activist told ARA News in Kobane.

The bombardment caused a number of injuries among civilians and led to the destruction of several houses in the village.

“Today’s attack was another attempt by pro-Erdogan terrorists to hit the security in Kobane district and target the Kurds who have liberated the area from ISIS,” Bave Zana, a villager from Shuyukh, told ARA News.

The city of Kobane and hundreds of villages in its countryside have been under the control of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) for more than two years.

Kobane was liberated by the YPG in January 2015, after more than four months of military operations against ISIS jihadists. The YPG received air cover and materiel support from the US-led coalition and was reinforced by Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga forces.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo | Source: ARA News

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