Islamic State militants storm new Assyrian villages

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Assyrian fighters checking a car in Tel Temir. Photo: ARA News

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Sere Kaniye, Syria – At dawn on Saturday, locals reported that militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) launched an offensive on the villages surrounding the town of Tel Temir in Hasakah province, northeast Syria, firing mortar shells at residential neighborhoods in the town.

“IS attacked locations of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) south of the town,” civil rights activist Idris Abi told ARA News in Tel Temir.

He pointed out that the fighting began from the village of Tel Shamiram, west of the Khabur River toward the village of Tel Nasri east of the river, where the IS militants reported advancement towards Tel Nasri, before targeting the village of Raqba on the road between Hasakah and Tel Temir.

“A mass displacement of the residents of Tel Temir and the surrounding villages began. Civilians headed towards the cities of Derbassiyeh, Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) and Qamishli, after the fall of several mortar shells on residential neighborhoods in the area,” Abi added.

The source pointed out that the IS hardline group is using the tactic of burning tires with the aim of intimidation and camouflage on the movements of its members during the battles.

“Two civilians were reported killed after mortars hit the town,” the source reported.

Pro-YPG media sources confirmed to ARA News that the clashes continue between the joint forcesــ the YPG, Haras al-Khabur (Assyrian fighters), Sutoro Forces (fighters of the Syriac Military Council) and Sanadid Forces (belonging to the Arab clan of Shammar) on the one hand, and the Islamic State group on the other hand, in the villages of Kharita, Tel Asyan, Tel Maghas and Tel Nasri.

Also, the clashes continue in the village of Raqba on the road between Hasakah and Tel Temir and at least three IS militants were killed.

Over the past two weeks, the town of Tel Temir and its surroundings saw fierce clashes between the defending forces (joint forces) and the Islamic State group, during which Assyrian churches and houses were burned by the IS militants, who also abducted dozens of Assyrians, including women and children.

 

Reporting by: Haitham Haji and Muhammad Ali 

Source: ARA News

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