A Kurdish fighter from the YPG preparing his machine gun before clashes with ISIS militants in the countryside of Hasakah, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News
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Hasakah, Syria – Subsequent to fierce fighting against the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reported Friday its control of a number of villages and hills west of the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria.
The Kurdish forces started intensive operations against IS militants in Hasakah countryside during the last two days, resulted in their control of the villages Mahmoud Kurdi, Nasrat and Azzam as well as the hill of Tel Majdal village (14 km west of Hasakah).
“Two corpses of IS terrorists were found following the clashes,” a YPG source told ARA News in Hasakah, adding that the clashes continue in the villages of Salihiya and Tel Majdal located in the same area.
In the meantime, local sources told ARA News that the sorties of the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes did not stop since Friday morning, shelling locations of the IS group in the villages of Tel Majdal, Maghluja and Mount Abdulaziz, coinciding with clashes on ground with heavy weapons between the YPG fighters and the radical group.
Tel Majdal is located south of Khabur River in the western countryside of Hasakah. It has been held by the group for nearly one year ago, taking its hill as an observatory base from which the group used to bomb the YPG-held villages of Khabur with mortar fire.
Reporting by: Zozan Shekho
Source: ARA News