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Hasakah, Syria – Clashes broke out on Tuesday between the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and fighters from Ahrar Geweran in the Arab-majority neighbourhood of Geweran in Hasakah city, northeast of Syria.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil activist Hozan Salim reported that the clashes erupted between the two sides in the afternoon on Tuesday, “following an attempt by the YPG fighters (linked to the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) to break into the neighbourhood of Geweran”.
“Ahrar Geweran fighters targeted Hasakah city center with six mortar shells, one of which landed on Nouri Pharmacy behind Palestine Street, the second dropped on the police station of the city, and the third on Ramses Hotel, while the fourth shell landed on the headquarters of the Baath Arab Socialist Party branch in central Hasakah,” Salim reported.
“Another shell hit a regime-held military barrack, and the other near the Great Mosque in the city center, without recording casualties,” the source added.
On the other hand, the pro-regime military forces, who are stationed at al-Hasakah governorate building, pounded the neighbourhood of Geweran with several mortar shells, while mass displacement among civilians was reported, as many were seen heading to the city’s outskirts escaping mortar fire.
A YPG-linked source stated to ARA News that the YPG had been trying since Monday night to storm the neighbourhood, “which resulted in sporadic clashes with militants of Ahrar Geweran on the axis of al-Beiruti Bridge north of Geweran neighborhood”.
This comes a day after al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (IS) in Hasakah issued a statement addressing the people of the city, urging them to give up their support to the pro-Assad forces and the Kurdish YPG fighters, “and repent and join al-Mujahideen (IS militants)”.
Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil
Source: ARA News