Fresh violence strikes Syria’s Hasakah as Islamists attack regime units

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Militants fighters of the Islamic State try to expand reach in Syria's Hasakah. File photo

ARA News 

Hasakah, Syria – On Wednesday, clashes broke out between the pro-Syrian regime forces and militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in the western countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Dilovan Mohammed said that several casualties were reported in the ranks of the pro-Assad security forces and the allied militias of the National Defense Forces on the one hand, and the IS radical group on the other.

“At least three pro-regime soldiers were killed and several others injured, whereas few injuries occurred in the ranks of the IS militants during Wednesday’s clashes,” Mohammad quoted a military source in Hasakah as saying. 

The clashes renewed between both sides in the Um al-Kubir area and in the vicinity of Saddiq junction in Hasaka’s western areas.

Noteworthy, the western and southern suburbs of the city of Hasakah continue to witness continuous clashes between the pro-regime forces and the IS hardline group.

The group is in control of major areas in the southern countryside of Hasakah, including the town of Shaddadi which was taken by the group as a major stronghold in the province more than a year ago. 

Additionally, the IS group has been engaged in battles with the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and allied Assyrian fighters near the town of Tel Temir in Hasakah province throughout the last two months, following the seizure by the group several Assyrian villages in the area. 

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Saman

Source: ARA News

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