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ISIS Fighters Attack Rojava From Turkey As Ceasefire Begins In Syria

 

girespiOfficials 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.

 

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One comment on “ISIS Fighters Attack Rojava From Turkey As Ceasefire Begins In Syria

  1. Reblogged this on Eyes on Europe & Middle East News and commented:
    Français :

    Pour la première fois en cinq ans de guerre, les armes se sont tues dans une grande partie du territoire syrien samedi. Les habitants d’Alep, de Homs, ou de la banlieue de Damas ont vécu une journée singulière, sans le vacarme angoissant des bombardements aériens, des tirs de mortiers ou des kalachnikovs.

    Le cessez-le-feu entré en vigueur samedi en Syrie a été violé neuf fois au cours des dernières 24 heures, a affirmé dimanche l’armée russe, tout en estimant que l’accord de cessation des hostilités tenait encore globalement.

    Pourtant, Si Daech contrôle un territoire délimité, les combattants d’Al-Nosra ne sont pas répartis sur des zones définies. Sur le terrain, ils sont souvent mêlés aux rebelles modérés de l’Armée syrienne libre.

    L’accord de trêve, aux modalités établies par Moscou et Washington et acceptées par Damas, concerne seulement les zones de combat entre les forces du régime, appuyées par l’aviation de l’allié russe, et les rebelles syriens et exclut les groupes jihadistes Etat islamique et Al-Nosra, qui contrôlent plus de 50% du territoire syrien.

    Interfax et ANHA ont rapporté de leur côté l’entrée sur le sol syrien d’un groupe de “100 assaillants armés” en provenance de la Turquie . “Ces hommes se sont emparés des localités nord de Tall Abyad”. Le centre fait remarquer toutefois que la trêve a été globalement respectée.

    Leur attaque a été soutenue par des tirs provenant du territoire turc, a affirmé le centre, ajoutant que d’autres tirs visaient un village de la province de Lattaquié (ouest), selon le centre.

    L’armée russe a informé les Etats-Unis de ces violations et demandé des “explications” concernant ces tirs provenant du territoire turc, a annoncé M. Kouralenko, soulignant que la Turquie fait partie de la coalition internationale menée par Washington.

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