Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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Qamishli, Syria – On Thursday, insurgents of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, took over two Kurdish villages in the countryside of al-Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, in a move to advance towards the city of Qamishlo (Qamishli) after constant attempts to control the city’s southern countryside.
Speaking to ARA News, residents of the village of Khirbet Orta said that the IS militants took control of their village in addition to the village of Girke Kere in the southern countryside of Qamishli –near Tel Arbid highway linking the cities of Qamishli and al-Hasakah.
“As IS militants entered the villages, they started looting and stealing homes and property of the people,” the local sources reported, adding that residents of the two villages were forcibly displaced by IS group militants.
“Both villages are completely evacuated for fear of IS atrocities.”
In the meantime, fierce clashes broke out between IS militants and the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in the countryside of Ras al-Ain (Sere Kaniye) in Hasakah province on Thursday, as IS group attacked security checkpoints of the Kurdish forces. There were no reports of casualties.
Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed
Source: ARA News