Islamic State militants storm headquarters of Kurdish forces in Hasakah

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A militant fighter waving the flag of the Islamic State in Syria's Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Wednesday, militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL), an al-Qaeda offshoot, stormed headquarters of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), the Assayish forces (military and security arms of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’), and Sutoro army (Christian militia) in al-Hasakah province, northeastern Syria.

Dozens were killed during the IS-led attacks, local sources reported.

Meanwhile, activists in the city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in Hasakah province told ARA News that the PYD-linked mayor of municipality in the town of Abu Rasein was killed on the road between the city and the town of Tel Temir (50 km west of al-Hasakah) near al-Bwaida village in the countryside of al-Hasakah, after an IS-led ambush there.

The sources reported that a leading member of the PYD, along with six fighters of the YPG, was killed following the explosion of a roadside bomb which targeted his car near the village of Bwaida.

Speaking to ARA News in Sere Kaniye, the civil rights activist Siyamend Afif reported that violent clashes took place between IS insurgents and YPG fighters in the vicinity of the village of Tel Bugha west of Sere Kaniye on Wednesday, left dead and wounded on both sides.

Other sources reported that YPG fighters alongside with Christian forces of Sutoro, evacuated their military checkpoints in the vicinity of the Assyrian villages of Khabur, especially from the nearby villages of Tel Sukkara and Tel Hormuz, after IS-led attacks hit their headquarters in the province.

In the city of al-Hasakah, activists said that clashes broke out between the forces of the PYD-linked Assayish on the one hand, and unidentified gunmen on the other hand, in the vicinity of the National Hospital in al-Aziziya neighbourhood. No casualties were reported.

 

Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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