Hasakah in turmoil as violence intensifies between pro-Assad forces and ISIS

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Men work at a makeshift oil refinery site in the Kurdish town of al-Qahtaniya of al-Hasakah Province. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Thursday, the Syrian regime forces shelled several strongholds of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the southern countryside of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, in an attempt to prevent progress towards the city, locals reported.

These developments coincided with IS receiving military reinforcements from Deir ez-Zor to the outskirts of the city of Hasakah. 

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Dilovan Mohammed said that the pro-regime military forces bombed IS sites in the southern and western countryside of the city, targeting the village of al-Sirb and Abyad Bridge near the area of Mount Abdulaziz.

“Dozens of civilians were displaced to safer areas.”

“Subsequent to fierce battles with IS militants and under the protection of the regime’s artillery stationed in the military branch of Kawkab Mount (10 km east of Hasakah), the pro-regime forces, backed by the National Defense Army militia, took control of the villages of Bab al-Kheir and al-Jimmo south of Hasakah,” Mohammed reported.

The source also said the pro-regime forces were able to stop the militants’ progress towards the city.

“Moreover, the regime forces tried to regain control of the southern and western areas of the city (Hasakah) which are under IS’ control.”

Meanwhile, activist Ahmed Husseini, based in the city of Hasakah, told ARA News that a state of high security alert prevailed Thursday among the IS militants in the town of al-Hol of the Hasakah’s countryside on the Syrian-Iraqi border, coinciding with an IS-led military convoy composed of 13 equipped cars heading towards Hasakah city. 

Husseini pointed out that most of the IS militants’ movements are executed at night in anticipation of air strikes from the U.S.-led international coalition.

In other developments, activists in the town of Chel Aga in the countryside of Qamishli (Qamishlo) told ARA News that a sound bomb exploded Wednesday evening near the Assayish Center (security arm of the Democratic Union Party “PYD”) in the town, without causing any casualties.

 

Reporting by: Aynur Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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