Kurdish officials have said that ISIS, otherwise known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, have attacked a key crossing used by civilians seeking safety in northeastern Syria on Tuesday. Reports claim that the casualties numbered close to 37, many of them civilians trying to escape the fighting. The Kurds claimed that one group of ISIS fighters blew themselves up at various Kurdish checkpoints to cause a distraction, while the other group slaughtered civilians as they slept in a displacement camp.
Abdulah Khalef Hamid, a refugee from Iraq who said that his mother-in-law was killed in the tragic attack, said, “it was three in the morning when Daesh came and started to shoot at people. I was wounded and they thought I was dead so they left me. We were around 200 families, they left at sunrise.”
“They were shouting ‘You are infidels and you are going toward the infidels,'” another displaced Syrian woman said. “They shot at the checkpoint and at the civilians there, and they dragged the youngsters and put them in the cars and drove them away,”
Redur Khalil, the spokesman for the YPG/YPJ forces in Syria and Iraq said the attack started in the very early morning hours at a checkpoint that belonged to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a U.S.-backed coalition force dominated by Kurdish fighters.