HASAKAH – At least 30 civilians were killed in an Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bombing on Monday. The bomber blew himself at a Kurdish wedding party, in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah city.
The attack occurred at the Sanabil Wedding Hall at 9:00 PM, devastating the Fatemi Hasakah family and rending the hall apart.
“Cowardly terrorists spill innocent blood, target Kurdish wedding in Hasakah,” Lahur Talabani, the the Director of the Zanyari and Parastin Intelligence Agency said. “We vow [that our] fight against terrorism will be unrelenting.”
The ISIS-controlled Amaq News Agency released a statement issued by the extremist group. In it, ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the Kurdish wedding a “gathering of the PKK.”
Sources at Hasakah’s National Hospital told ARA News that at least 34 people were killed, and 90 more were injured. Local authorities have called on civilians to donate blood.
Sharif Ibrahim, one of the injured in the attack, told ARA News: “A huge explosion hit the hall. Then everything went dark. When I moved my hand, I felt the blood. I couldn’t move my leg. I thought I won’t make it until the ambulance arrives.”
Zainab Khalife, Director of the intensive care unit in Hikma Hospital of Hasakah, said: “Our hospital received dozens of critical cases subsequent to the terror attack.”
“A large number of were seriously injured. We tried to provide first aid to most of them, and we were obliged to transfer them to other hospitals due to the lack of sufficient equipment here. Most of the casualties of the attack were transferred to Qamishli city for treatment,” she told ARA News.
“The deadly attack caused a state of panic among the people of Hasakah,” rights activist Saadoun Hame said.
“Our people have seen enough of blood. We are tired of war, we want peace” Hame told ARA News. “Those innocent people were trying to celebrate life, but the terrorists couldn’t let that happen. We need an end to this deadly conflict.”
This is not the first time that ISIS has targeted Syrian Kurds. In July, over 25 civilians were killed in an ISIS suicide bombing attack in the city of Hasakah. Another attack, also in July, killed at least 50 civilians in the city of Qamishli.
This surge of violence followed the expulsion of ISIS militants from the area at the hands of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The increasing number of civilian casualties in ISIS attacks in the area has been coupled with a sharp shortage of medical supplies.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg & Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News