Syrian regime and Kurds to prevent IS advance in Hasakan

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A Kurdish fighter from the YPG in Hasakah countryside. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – On Tuesday, military forces of the Syrian regime shelled the Geweran neighborhood in the city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria, where tribal gunmen are stationed. 

In response, militants of Geweran launched, from their basis in southern Hasakah, several mortar shells against regime-held districts in the city. 

Amid the mutual shelling from both sides, several casualties among civilians were reported on Tuesday. 

Eyewitnesses told ARA News that at least one civilian was killed and several others were injured in the Hasakah operations.

“Many critical cases were transferred to the city’s National Hospital,” a local source reported. 

Geweran gunmen announced last week allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), which holds several villages and towns south of Hasakah city. 

Tuesday’s developments followed attempts by pro-Assad military forces and Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) to break into the Geweran neighbourhood and capture pro-IS militants there. 

According to observers, the IS group is trying to control the city of Hasakah (held by Syrian regime and Kurdish YPG forces) through the Geweran front, in order to spread its territory over the entire northeastern region of Syria and include it in the recently declared Caliphate. 

 

Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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