Kurdish YPG says clashes with Syrian opposition continue in Northern Syria

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Skirmishes between Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Syrian opposition fighters continue in the northern part of the country, YPG said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement specified that YPG members and opposition fighters exchanged fire in northern Syria on Wednesday and Thursday, which resulted in several casualties. Both incidents were initiated by the Islamists.

On Sunday, YPG militants opened fire at a Turkish intelligence drone flying over the Kurdish-controlled Syrian town of Kobani, believing that it carried information about the YPG that was to be relayed to the Islamists, according to the statement. While the drone managed to return to Turkish soil, the YPG has no information on whether or not it crashed.

The YPG is a part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, which was formed in 2015 and strives to liberate Northern Syria, particularly the city of Raqqa, from Islamic State.