ISIS militants storm Assyrian villages in northern Syria

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ISIS extremosts controlled several Assyrian villages in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria. File photo

ARA News

Tel Temir, Syria – On Monday, clashes broke out between the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the western and southwestern areas of the town of Tel Temir (50 km west of Hasakah). 

Speaking to ARA News in Tel Temir, media activist Farhan Hadi said that the Islamic State insurgents stormed the village of Aghibish (700m west of Tel Temir)

“IS terrorists have taken the ancient Assyrian palace of Thomas Yalda in the village of Aghibish as a stronghold,” the source reported. 

The IS jihadists also stormed the Assyrian-populated village of Tel Shamiran, where they clashed with YPG forces. 

At least five YPG fighters were wounded during the clashes, one of whom was identified as Mustafa Hussein Seydou. 

The YPG fighter Fouad Hajo, who participated in the clashes, told ARA News on the phone that the town of Tel Temir witnessed a mass displacement among civilians –mostly women and children– towards the areas of Qamishli (Qamishlo) and Derbassiyeh.

The Assyrian human rights activist Shabu Noya stated to ARA News that IS militants had kidnapped dozens of Assyrian women and children from the village of Tel Hamiran, after confiscating houses and property.

 

Reporting by: Ibrahim Ali

Source: ARA News

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