Rebel-Kurd clashes kill 15 in north­ern Syria: Mon­i­tor

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Beirut, Le­banon - More than a dozen Syr­ian rebels have died in hit-and-run clashes with a USbacked al­liance dom­i­nated by Kur­dish forces in the coun­try’s north, a mon­i­tor­ing group said on Tues­day.

The Turk­ish-backed rebels were locked in a sec­ond day of fight­ing on Tues­day with units from the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces around the vil­lage of Ain Daqna.

“Since Mon­day, 15 fight­ers from Syr­ian rebel fac­tions were killed in the clashes and four SDF fight­ers were wounded, in­clud­ing one in crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” the Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights mon­i­tor said.

Ain Daqna, in Aleppo prov­ince, has been held by the US-backed SDF since Fe­bru­ary. It lies on a sliver of land con­tested by the SDF and Turk­ish­backed rebels.

A lo­cal of­fi­cial from the Kur­dish Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG), which make up the bulk of the SDF, said his forces had re­trieved some of the rebels’ bod­ies.

“We will hand over these nine bod­ies to the Kur­dish Red Cres­cent in Afrin (west) for their fam­i­lies to re­trieve them,” Brusk Hasakeh said in a state­ment dis­trib­uted to jour­nal­ists.

Turk­ish-backed rebels fight­ing un­der the ban­ner of ‘Ahl a -Di­yar’ said in a state­ment on Mon­day they had at­tacked Ain Daqna be­cause they see the SDF as ‘oc­cu­piers’.

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