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Qamishli, Syria– Residents of the village of Dashisha near Margada town in the southern countryside of Hasaka demonstrated on Tuesday against the recent control of the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), demanding its members to leave the area.
Ammar Abdurrahman, a media activist based in Hasaka city, told ARA News that the residents demanded the ISIL members to either leave the town or they (residents) will declare war on ISIL, as the group’s control caused a mounting surge of violence in the area.
According to local sources, continuous clashes took place over nearly a month between ISIL fighters on one side and fighters of the Islamic Front, al-Nusra Front and other Free Syrian Army divisions (FSA) on the other.
“The clashes between both conflicting sides in Margada continued amid reciprocal firing and which resulted in deaths and injuries in the ranks of the ISIL fighters and the Islamic Front and al-Nusra Front fighters. While the ISIL members burned the only bread factory in the town,” Abdurrahman said.
“The ISIL fighters carried out an arrest campaign which targeted a number of locals from Shadadi city, 50 km south of Hasaka, on charges of spying on behalf of the Syrian regime,” the same source added.
Meanwhile, local media reports talked about the arrival of large military reinforcements from Aleppo and Raqqa provinces heading to the southern countryside of Hasaka to back the ISIL fighters against rebels of the Islamic Front, al-Nusra Front and FSA divisions.
Reporting: Judi Aziz
Source: ARA News