World Bulletin / News Desk
An al Qaeda renegade group killed 15 Kurdish people, seven of them children, in an attack on a village in northern Syria, a monitoring group and a photographer at the scene said on Friday.
The attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which was disowned by al Qaeda's central command earlier this year, occurred during a six-month-old ISIL offensive against Syrian Kurds and various rebel groups that has weakened the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad and killed thousands.
The clashes, which have been continuing for at least three days, killed 15 villagers and six members of People's Protection Unit -- the PYD's military wing -- in the city of Ras al-Ayn, Salih Muslim told AA correspondent in a phone interview.
Ras al-Ain, 600 km (375 miles) from Damascus, is part of Syria's northeastern oil-producing province of Hasaka, home to many of the million-strong Syrian Kurdish minority.
In one Reuters photograph, six bodies could be seen, including three young boys. A middle-aged woman held one of the bodies.
ISIL was jettisoned by al Qaeda's leadership after it fell into territorial and power struggles with Jabhat al-Nusra rebels, who comprise al Qaeda's official Syria wing.
Syria, tugged by various regional conflicts, has frayed into a patchwork of warring ethnic and sectarian pockets, and fighters from neighbouring Iraq and Lebanon have joined both sides of the civil war.
Around 160,000 people have been killed in a conflict now in its fourth year. Divided world powers have fuelled both sides with weapons and diplomatic backing.Last Mod: 30 Mayıs 2014, 13:00