Clashes broke out between Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah Governorate, military sources reported on Thursday.
At least 38 ISIS militants and nine YPG fighters were killed in the skirmish. Five ISIS radicals were subsequently arrested near the Shaddadi City, in Hasakah’s southern countryside.
“Daesh terrorists attacked our basis near Shaddadi by carrying out three car bomb attacks,” YPG fighter Hajar Osman told ARA News, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
“Then clashes broke out between our [YPG] forces and Daesh militants in the villages of Keshkesh and Zenat in Shaddadi suburb. We forced the group to withdraw after killing 38 terrorists and arresting five others,” the source said.
ISIS militants reportedly withdrew towards their bases in Deir ez-Zor Governorate, eastern Syria.
The YPG leadership said that their forces seized four ISIS vehicles and a great deal of ammunition after the clashes.