Pro-IS gunmen in southern Hasakah. File photo
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Hasakah, Syria – Clashes broke out between militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) and the Syrian regime’s forces near Mount Abdulaziz in the western countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, on Monday morning.
Local activists told ARA News that clashes took place following IS attacks on the villages of Makhrum, al-Hara and Sodat Abd in the coutryside of Hasakah, which are held by the pro-Assad militia of the National Defence Army.
The same sources asserted that the three villages are supporters of the regime and the army recruits stationed there are hostile towards any IS proponents, following several incidents which claimed lives of a number of pro-Assad gunmen at security checkpoints.
Meanwhile, clashes moved to the east of the Geweran neighbourhood (in southern Hasaka) close to the Red Villas area, where Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) are based.
Based on the same sources, the area was targeted by three missiles; two close to the YPG-held cemeteries checkpoint in Geweran, while the third hit the Red Villas’ security checkpoint. According to the YPG, IS militants launched these attacks on Sunday.
Dozens of mortars fell close to the YPG’s headquarters and the newly established chackpoint of Aziziya in Hasakah, which caused a state of panic in the city’s northern neighbourhoods such as al-Mifti and al-Salhiya.
Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, Kurdish activist Mohammad al-Husayni said: “This sudden attack on the southern checkpoint of the city was the strongest since the end of Geweran’s crisis (where pro-IS gunmen were attacked by pro-regime forces) and the start of Kobane’s battles as well as the U.S.-led coalitions’ airstrikes on IS strongholds in the countryside of Hasakah.”
Three-weeks of intensive clashes took place earlier in September in the Geweran neighbourhood between the regime forces, supported by members of the National Defense Army, and militants from the neighbourhood itself.
An agreement between the two parties put an end to the clashes, forcing Islamist militants to leave the neighbourhood at the end of last September.
Reporting by: Serbaz Yusuf
Source: ARA News