ISIS militants advance in Syria’s Hasakah despite airstrikes

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Syrian air force targets ISIS locations southern Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Subsequent to the remarkable advancement by the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the southern part of Hasakah city on Thursday evening, the pro-regime forces and allied militias targeted the group’s locations in the city with artillery fire and airstrikes, local activists reported on Friday.

This coincided with the withdrawal of pro-Assad forces from several checkpoints inside the city. The Kurdish forces took over those checkpoints on Friday evening in an attempt to prevent IS militants from taking over the nearby neighborhoods.

Amid IS advance towards the Villat Homr district near the checkpoints of Geweran and al-Ghazl in southern Hasakah, civilians displacement continued. Hundreds of families headed Friday to the Kurdish neighborhoods north of the city.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, media activist Muhamad Haskawi reported that the IS hardline group attempted to infiltrate into Villat Homr district at dawn on Friday, but the pro-regime forces deterred their advance, prompting civilians to flee from the neighborhood.

“Pro-regime forces brought tanks to the highway near Geweran Bridge in an attempt to bomb IS locations in the eastern side of the city,” he said, citing military sources.

In the meantime, local sources in Salihiya neighborhood told ARA News that IS militants took over some parts of Villat Homr (3km east of Hasakah city).

Pro-Assad forces also withdrew from the Makana checkpoint on the outskirts of al-Ghazl neighborhood.

Al-Ghazal checkpoint is still under the control of pro-regime forces, the same source reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Ghassan Mohammed said that the pro-Assad warplanes launched several raids on IS strongholds in Nashwa neighborhood about 9:00 am on Friday, targeting the highway which is linking the city of Hasakah with Shaddadi city, in an attempt to cut off the group’s supply lines in the southern countryside.

Last week, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Asayish announced that they won’t take part in Hasakah’s battles beside the pro-regime forces against IS militants unless they lead the operations against the radical group.  

The Kurdish forces in Hasakah have reportedly controlled several checkpoints in the city after the withdrawal of pro-Assad forces. 

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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