Pro-Assad forces combat ISIS in Hasakah

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Militants fighters of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – After two days of calm, clashes renewed in the western countryside of the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, between the pro-regime forces –backed by the National Defense Army (NDA)– and militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), coinciding with artillery shelling by pro-regime forces in their vicinity.

The Media Center of the NDA in the province of Hasakah announced that their fighters were able to repel IS militants in the western countryside of the city on Thursday.

“Subsequent to reinforcements received by the IS group through the road of  the village of Abyad-Mount Abdulaziz, our fighters targeted the IS militants based in the vicinity of Mount Abdulaziz with thermal missiles on Wednesday evening,” the NDA statement read.

Meanwhile, one of the displaced people from the western countryside, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News that IS radicals demanded the people of the village Soda Abed in the western countryside of Hasakah a few days ago offer one of their daughters to the group’s leaders “to take her as their wives”. 

“This prompted most of the people and the girls to flee their villages and seek shelter in the city of Hasakah,” the source said.

In other developments, an explosion hit the Nasira neighborhood in Hasakah last night, causing the injury to a number of civilians and damage to nearby residential buildings.

“The Christian security forces of Suturo surrounded the place of bombing, as residents accused IS militants of being behind the incident,” said Ahmed Khalil, a civil rights activist based in Hasakah’s Nasira. 

Noteworthy, extremists of the Islamic State have been trying to break into the city of Hasakah for months, and have clashed on numerous occasions with the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the pro-regime forces backed by allied militias of NDA in the countryside of Hasakah.

 

Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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