Syrian airstrike claims lives of civilians in Hasakah

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Syrian army forces in Hasakah province, northeastern Syria. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Saturday, Syrian warplanes targeted a village held by the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the southwestern countryside of Hasakah city, northeastern Syria, locals reported.

Local sources in Hasakah told ARA News that at least four civilians from one family lost their lives due to an airstrike conducted by the Syrian regime’s air force on Saturday in the village of Abb ash-Shok (10km southwest Hasakah city).

At least 20 other civilians were hardly injured during the attack. No reports of casualties in the ranks of IS militants –who are in control of the targeted village of Abb As-Shok. 

“Only civilians are paying the bill of this deadly war,” said an activist.

Two weeks ago, militant fighters of the Islamic State launched an offensive on the city of Hasakah, but the heavy counter attacks by the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes prevented the group from advancing to the city. 

In the meantime, clashes continued between IS militants and the pro-regime forces with heavy and medium weapons in southern Hasakah. IS is still in control of several villages south of the city, despite the continues attacks by the U.S.-led coalition and Syrian air force. 

Several groups share power over Hasakah province. In the city, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and pro-regime forces share control of the neighborhoods. Meanwhile, IS militants are in control of several locations in the southern countryside of the province.

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho              

Source: ARA News

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