ISIL to advance in eastern Syria

Members of ISIL raising the group's flag in the eastern suburb of Deir ez-Zor. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria Clashes renewed between militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and fighters of al-Nusra Front on Friday in the southern environs of Hasakah city, northeast of Syria.

Civil activist Ahmad al-Husayni from Hasaka city told ARA News that sporadic clashes took place between ISIL and al-Nusra Front in villages bordering al-Swar sub district near the highway of Hasakah-Deir ez-Zor.

“Al-Nusra fighters posited some explosives on the bridge linking al-Raqay village with the Margada town’s center, in Hasaka environs, targeting ISIL militants. The explosion led to many material damages among which demolishing the bridge, without causing casualties,” al-Husayni said.

Meanwhile, al-Qaeda splinter group of ISIL has reportedly respited the anti-Assad rebel battalions in al-Mayadin city, in Deir ez-Zor province, until Saturday evening to disarm and surrender the city without fighting. Otherwise, ISIL militants will attack rebels’ strongholds in the city, local sources told ARA News.

Noteworthy, ISIL group currently holds most of the southern environs of Hasakah province, following months-long clashes with rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra).


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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