By Mohamed Misto
Syrian opposition forces on Sunday repelled an attack by the YPG -- the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, the terrorist PKK group’s Syrian affiliate -- in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.
YPG units attacked parts of western Aleppo at dawn following fierce Russian aerial bombardments, local opposition sources told Anadolu Agency.
According to the same sources, YPG fighters had managed to capture several positions in the city of Tel Rifaat (located in Aleppo province), but were later forced to retreat following a counter-attack by opposition forces.
At least 10 YPG fighters were killed and scores injured in the fighting, according to the sources.
Sporadic clashes, meanwhile, are being reported on the city’s outskirts between YPG fighters and opposition forces.
Last week, the YPG, with Russian air cover, began a massive offensive aimed at capturing opposition-held areas of the Aleppo countryside, seizing control of several villages -- and a military airport -- in the area.
Syria has remained locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the regime of President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Since then, more than 250,000 people have been killed and more than 10 million displaced, according to UN figures.