URGENT: ISIS seizes 21 Kurdish villages in the north of Syria

Convoy of ISIS fighters. Representational file photo.
Convoy of ISIS fighters. Representational file photo.

( According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the organization of the Islamic State has seized control over 21 Kurdish villages in northern Syria after fierce battles with Kurdish militias which resulted in a large number of deaths and injuries.

The France-Press Agency quoted the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul-Rahman that ISIS controlls 21 villages inhabited by Kurdish citizens in the city of Ain Arab, after a violent attack which used tanks and artillery.

The observatory added – as reported on the American Radio Sawa on Thursday – that the organization ISIS used heavy artillery and tank shells in its attack on the west and east of the city Kobani (Ain Arab), Halab province, which led to casualties among the both sides, as well as the killing of a number of civilians.

These villages have seen cases of a mass exodus to nearby areas, amid fears of ISIS massacres against Kurdish civilians.

With the United States planning to expand military action against ISIS from Iraq to Syria, a surveillance drone was spotted for the first time over nearby Isis-controlled territory in Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks Syria’s civil war, said on Thursday.

It was not immediately clear who was operating the drone.

President Barack Obama said last week that he would not hesitate to strike the radical Islamist group that has used Syria as a base to advance its plan to reshape the Middle East.

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