Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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Hasakah, Syria – On Thursday militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) attacked villages in the countryside of Hasakah in northeastern Syria.
Local sources told ARA News that the IS radicals besieged the Kurdish village of Qolo (8 km north of the town of Tel Brak in eastern Hasakah city and set agricultural warehouses on fire early Thursday morning.
“The militants prevented villagers from working on their agricultural lands, and burned some warehouses to intimidate them,” a farmer in Tel Brak told ARA News under condition of anonymity.
The same source said that the IS group confiscated cars and harvesters from the villagers.
“Most of the young people escaped the village of Qolo weeks ago for fear of IS militants, especially after the extremist group seized the nearby town of Tel Brak,” he said.
Meanwhile, the IS insurgents forced residents of several town and villages in the countryside of Hasakah to leave their homes on Wednesday.
According to activists, the villages of Gir Zin Khatooni, Gir Mir, Gir Miseen and Bahira (inhabited by Kurds and Arabs) were evacuated.
“The villagers were forcibly displaced by the IS militants, who accused civilians of links to the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –which battle IS in northern Syria,” activists in the area told ARA News.
Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil
Source: ARA News