Hasakah: ISIS under Kurdish siege

Kurdish fighters of the YPG imposed a siege on IS-held districts of Hasakah on Thursday, July 16, 2015. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – As battles continue in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) seized Thursday major roads linking the city with neighboring towns. 

“This development means surrounding IS-hed districts of Hasakah by our (YPG) forces,” a Kurdish fighter told ARA News. 

The YPG’s Media Center released Thursday a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, saying the YPG forces seized control of the areas between Mount Kazwan (Mount Abdul Aziz) and the al-Khabur River, in addition to their control of the highway that connects the city of Hasakah with the town of Shaddadi and Raqqa province.

The YPG forces have also liberated new neighborhoods southwest Hasakah after fierce clashes with IS militants. 

The YPG leadership added that the Kurdish units seized control of Hasakah’s southern power plant, the juvenile prison and the Martyrs’ Cemetery. This enabled the YPG forces to control the southern road between Hasakah city and Deir ez-Zor, after two weeks of clashes near al-Ghazl Junction.  

“The Kurdish YPG forces have imposed a blockade on IS terrorists in the neighborhoods of Nashwa, Geweran and the Panorama roundabout, cutting their supply lines after seizing all the roads leading to the city of Hasakah from the east, south and west,” the statement read.

“29 IS terrorists were killed in the recent clashes,” the YPG leadership reported, adding that at least one YPG fighter lost his life during clashes with IS on Thursday. 

The Kurdish forces were able to destroy two IS-manned armored vehicles and a tank, seizing a deal of weapons and ammunition.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, field reporter Raman Hassan said that heavy fighting is still taking place in the vicinity of the Panorama roundabout between both parties, “amid a remarkable progress by the Kurdish fighters at the expense of IS militants”.

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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