News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) opened a new front in their offensive on Kobanê last night, according to an article from DİHA carried in Özgür Gündem. ISIS forces, who have been pushing on Kobanê from the south and west, are now attempting to advance on villages to the east of Kobanê as well. YPG units defending the canton destroyed two ISIS tanks yesterday, while scores of ISIS fighters are reported to be dead on the field.
The new ISIS offensive was launched from the village of Melluh Gomer and is directed at the villages of Kendal, Adukê and Tepeyê Kopirlik, around 20 km to the east of Kobanê. ISIS gangs are also battling the YPG for the villages of Zor Mixar, Zaret and Bêdin to the west of Kobanê, and the town of Sırrın and surrounding villages in the south.
YPG forces have put up fierce resistance, destroying two ISIS tanks and a heavy machine gun. Scores of ISIS fighters have been killed in the most recent offensive, which began last week. Yesterday 2 YPG fighters also lost their lives, and 6 more were wounded.
To the west of Kobanê a contingent of ISIS fighters have been surrounded after falling into an ambush in the village of Adukê. A number of YPG fighters were also wounded in the fighting.
Seperately, ISIS used a car bomb to attack a YPG checkpoint in the village of Ebu Sırrı at 23:30 last night. The checkpoint was set up in a Turkish owned cement factory and 5 YPG fighters lost their lives in the attack.