Syria’s Hasakah under fire of Islamists

Militants if the islamic State riding a tank seized from Iraqi army in June, 2014. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The Syrian northeastern city of al-Hasakah saw mounting violence on Monday, as militants of the Islamic State (IS) shelled residential districts of the city with mortars from their base in al-Himir village, southeast of Hasakah.

IS militants threatened on Sunday to storm the city and take control of neighbourhoods currently held by the Pro-Assad armed forces and the Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG). Threats of the Islamic State group caused mass displacement among Hasakah residents towards eastern cities of Qamishli and Amude.

Dilbireen Mohamed, media activist from Hasakah, told ARA News that several shells hit various districts of the city.

“Militats of the Islamic State targeted with mortar shells the neighbourhood of Kallaseh near a YPG-led checkpoint,” Mohamed said. “Six other shells hit Salehiya and Mufti districts, leaving behind several injuries among civilians who were accordingly transferred to the National Hospital in Aziziya.”

Activists close to the Islamic State published on Monday evening images showing heavy and light weapons, rockets and rocket launchers saying they were seized by the IS from al-Melebiya regiment south of Hasakah after battles with the military forces of the Syrian regime.

This comes as YPG-linked sources confirmed to ARA News that the YPG forces took control of al-Melebiya regiment in southern Hasakah, confirming the withdrawal of the IS group towards the southern villages of Hasakah.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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