YPG and Syrian army attack pro-IS neighbourhood in Hasakah

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Bombardment of Geweran neighbourhood in Syria's Hasakah. File photo

ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – After one week of military operations were suspended, violence returned to the neighbourhood of Geweran in Hasakah city, in northeastern Syria, where the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) attacked strongholds of the Ahrar Geweran gunmen in the neighbourhood on Tuesday.

Under the supervision of Arab and prominent Kurdish figures in Hasakah, an agreement on a ceasefire was reached between both conflicting groups following reports of mounting casualties among civilians.

The tanks stationed at the joint checkpoint of the YPG and the Syrian regime forces shelled the neighbourhood of Geweran on Tuesday evening, accompanied by mortar fire, local activists in the city told ARA News.

The sources added that missiles targeted the Grand Mosque in the neighbourhood and Ahmed Yassin Secondary School, as several mortars hit al-Hol market, resulting in several casualties among civilians.

Residents of Geweran expressed their outrage, protesting against what they called a violation to the ceasefire’s agreement.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, local activists said that the reason behind the renewed attacks against Geweran comes as response to a military parade performed by fighters of Ahrar Geweran in the neighbourhood to show loyalty to the Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, which included about 15 cars loaded with heavy weapons.

Meanwhile, the Defence Council of the Auto-Administration (led by the Democratic Union Party) held a meeting on Tuesday in the city of al-Hasakah, to discuss the possibility of forming what they described “a national military force” to defend Hasakah province against potential attacks by IS militants.

The PYD-led Auto-Administration (announced last year in Kurdish-majority areas of northern Syria) emphasized the importance of preserving civil peace in Hasakah province, reassuring the residents of preventing a similar scenario to the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, where militants of the Islamic State took control and causing the displacement of tens of thousands.

 

Reporting by: Zaradesht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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