Dozen Syrian rebels died in hit-and-run clashes with Kurdish forces

Vastavam web: More than a dozen Syrian rebels have died in hit-and-run clashes with a US-backed alliance dominated by Kurdish forces in the country’s north, a monitoring group said.The Turkish-backed rebels were locked in a second day of fighting today 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.

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 al-Diyar” said in a statement Monday they had attacked Ain Daqna because they see the SDF as “occupiers.”