Al-Hasakah, Syria – Pro-Assad military forces controlled on Wednesday several villages in the western countryside of Hasakah city, northeast of Syria, after clashes with Islamists, local sources reported.
The pro-Assad forces were backed by militants of the National Defence Army (regime-linked Arab tribal group).
Several villages located on the Hasakah-Abdulaziz Mount road (30 km west of the city) were captured by the pro-Assad forces.
“The operations led to the withdrawal of Islamic rebel groups from those villages after moths of domination,” a local activist (who preferred anonymity) told ARA News. “The Islamic rebels have repeatedly attacked regime-held checkpoints at the outskirts of Hasakah city, killing dozens of pro-Assad fighters.”
Meanwhile, Ahmed Omar, a resident of Siha village which was captured by pro-Assad military forces on Wednesday, said that militants of the regime-linked National Defence Army and allied military forces launched a campaign of arbitrary arrests in the village.
“Dozens of young villagers were arrested without any reason. Moreover, the pro-Assad gunmen looted the villagers’ houses and damaged private property after entering Siha and other surrounding villages west of Hasakah,” Omar said.
Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil
Source: ARA News
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