Rifts hit Islamic State


ISIS supporters in Sydney. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – Subsequent to rifts in the ranks of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), dozens of the group’s militants fled the city of Raqqa, in eastern Syria, toward the Turkish border, local sources reported on Friday. 

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, civil rights activist Abdullah Jassim said that more than 20 IS members escaped the city of Raqqa to the Turkish territory, escaping the group “most likely due to ideological rifts amongst them”. 

“The group installed movable checkpoints in the streets of the city, as well as imposing curfew after the militants’ escape,” Jassim added.

In Deir ez-Zor, civil rights activist Fayez Abdulaziz told ARA News that fierce clashes broke out on Friday evening between the IS extremists and the pro-regime military forces in the area of Hawijah Sakr, which coincided with the bombardment with heavy artillery by the IS militants.

“An elderly person was seriously injured after a land mine left behind by the pro-regime forces blew up in the Rusafa district of Deir ez-Zor,” the source reported. “The man was transferred to a nearby field hospital in the area.” 

This comes as aerial bombardment of the pro-regime warplanes continued on several areas of Deir ez-Zor’s countryside, where the warplanes targeted the villages of Ayyash and Kharita with rocket in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor. No casualties were reported.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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