Syrian barrel bombs hit ISIS in Hasakah

Syrian air force targeted ISIS militants with several barrel bombs on Sunday. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Sunday, Syrian regime’s helicopters dropped several barrel bombs on areas held by Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in southern Hasakah, northeast Syria. This coincided with clashes between pro-regime forces and IS militants in the city, local activists reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Abdul Karim Saleh said that clashes took place on Sunday between the pro-regime forces and IS militant fighters, during which casualties fell from both sides.

“When IS insurgents tried to infiltrate into areas east of Gewran neighborhood, the clashes intensified especially in the vicinity of the Geweran cemetery.”

“Other clashes broke out between the two sides on the outskirts of the Nashwa Gharbiya neighborhoods, Youth Housing and Hosh al-Baar area,” the source added.

Meanwhile, pro-Assad’s helicopters dropped five barrel bombs on the Geweran cemetery, Hosh al-Baar district and the Nashwa Gharbiya, south Hasakah, killing several militants and destroying at least three vehicles.

In the meantime, leadership of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) told ARA News that their units continued their operations against the IS radical group in Hasakah.

“Our (YPG) forces tightened their siege on the IS-held southern neighborhoods of Hasakah, including Nashwa, Geweran and Panorama.” 

The YPG’s leadership reported that clashes renewed between their fighters and IS militants near the village of Oum Hujaira west of Hasakah following the YPG’s advancement toward the Nashwa neighborhood.

Over the last few days, Hasakah saw a considerable decline of IS militants in main parts of the city. 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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