Pro-Assad army advance towards ISIL-held areas in Hasakah

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Pro-Assad military forces. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Fierce clashes broke out on Friday between the pro-regime military forces and militants of al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (previously known as ‘ISIL’) in the southern countryside of Hasakah city, northeast of Syria, local sources reported.

Talking to ARA News, Mohammed al-Ahmad, an activist based in Hasakah city, said that the pro-regime military forces from regiment 121 backed (by militants of the National Defence Army) tried to storm the Melabiya village (20 km south of Hasakah) located on the road to the ISIL-held town of Shaddadi.

“Following the regime’s attempt to break into the village (Melabiya), violent clashes broke out between the two parties,” al-Ahmad added, pointing out that no information received of the exact number of casualties from both sides.

Moreover, the pro-regime warplanes roamed over the southern villages of Hasakah, coinciding with artillery shelling targeted sites belonging to the Islamic State group in the vicinity of the region.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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