Qamishli, Syria− Amid conflict between Islamist fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the southern countryside of Hasaka city, a number of Arab tribal groups in the area declared their support to members of Jabhat al-Nusra.
In a statement issued online, several Arab tribes announced their allegiance to the al-Qaeda affiliated group of Jabhat al-Nusra against the al-Qaeda splinter members of ISIL.
According to observers, Jabhat al-Nusra (unlike ISIL) is mostly staffed by Syrian rebels.
Civilians in the ISIL-led areas reportedly suffer hard conditions due to the strict Islamic rules implemented by the group.
Since weeks, clashes didn’t stop between between ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra in Hasaka countryside, especially in the surroundings of Margada town.
Ammar Abdul Rahman, media activist based in the city of Hasakah, reported to ARA News that the clashes are still ongoing in the vicinity of Margada town and the surrounding villages, amid exchange of shelling between both Islamist groups.
“Three ISIL fighters were killed and several others were wounded during Monday’s battle, including the Emir of the ISIL-linked al-Baraka group, Abu Osama al-Iraqi, after al-Nusra fighters targeted two cars belonging to the ISIL in Margada,” Abdul Rahman said.
“The ISIL is still in control over Margada town,” said Abdul Rahman. “On Sunday, the ISIL attacked joint checkpoints of al-Nusra and the Islamic Front in al-Thalja village near Margada. The number of casualties is unknown.”
Reporting by: Judi Aziz
Source: ARA News
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