News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
Officials speaking for the YPG and the Rojava cantons report that at least some of the ISIS fighters who infiltrated the border-town of Girê Spî (Til Abyad) early yesterday morning crossed from the North across the Turkish border, reports an article from ANHA carried by Özgür Gündem.
Girê Spî is a mixed Kurdish-Arab town liberated from ISIS control by YPG and allied forces on June 16th, 2015. It has since constituted itself as an autonomous canton within the larger Cizire canton of Rojava.
According to a report from ANHA the attacks began at 1:25 am local time, less than two hours after the UN ceasefire went into effect across Syria. Once in the city, ISIS fighters targeted both civilian and military targets, including a local cultural center and hospital.
A little over two hours earlier, at 11:05 pm on February 26th, around 50 ISIS fighters advancing from Raqqa launched an attack on YPG positions in the town of Silûk, to the southeast of Girê Spî, encircling YPG positions from three separate positions. Another group of ISIS fighters targeted the town of Eyn Isa.
A statement from the YPG Press Office read: “ISIS gangs attacking from Turkey targeted Girê Spî city center and the villages of Nestel, Xwêra and Qenet. Groups arriving from Raqqa from the South targeted the villages of Genterî and Şergirat to the east of Eyn Isa and the south of Siluk.”
Travel between Kobanê, Girê Spî, and Serêkaniye was temporarily forbidden by security services as a precaution.
The ISIS attacks follow a major ISIS defeat in Shaddadi at the hands or the YPG-affiliated Syrian Democratic Forces earlier this week. The capture of Shaddadi marks another set-back for ISIS in Northeastern Syria.
The attack resembled on the city resembled an earlier ISIS attack on the liberated city of Kobane when ISIS fighters also infiltrated the city in part from across the Turkish border on June 25th, 2015. Over 200 civilians were massacred by ISIS fighters before they were entirely killed or captured.
YPG fighters have already cleared ISIS fighters from the Iskan region, the village of Eyn el Arus, and the Watani hospital. Fighting between YPG and ISIS fighters continue on a wide-front between the village of Hemam Tirkman, Şergirak, Silûk and Eyn İsa.