News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
(ANF)The YPG has inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State (ISIS) in operations carried out in the ISIS-controlled region west of Serêkaniyê, between the Kobanê and Cizîre Cantons.
YPG forces, who are advancing on the ISIS stronghold of Til Ebyad (Girêspî) from the Cizîrê Canton to the east, are aiming to relieve pressure on the besieged Kobanê Canton. ISIS has been attacking Kobanê with heavy weapons and armored units for over a week on three different fronts, forcing thousands of civilians to flee.
Hundreds of ISIS fighters have been killed in the fighting in Kobanê, as well as tens of YPG fighters and local civilians.
A statement released by the YPG Press Liaisons Office explained the reason behind the push toward Til Ebyad, saying that “our forces continue to advance on Girê Spî (Til Ebyad) with the goal of breaking the siege on Kobanê”.
The YPG operation west of Serêkaniye has now entered its third day. YPG fighters killed around 40 ISIS members in Mabruka, and liberated a number of villages and hamlets around Ravya, Dehma and Mabruka. In total YPG forces have advanced around 10 km toward Til Ebyad. Heavy fighting continues in and around Mabruka, however, as YPG forces continue to meet ISIS resistance.
9 YPG fighters have also lost their lives in the operation.