YPG tightens siege on ISIS in Hasakah

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 – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) deterred an offensive by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Hasakah city, northeastern Syria, YPG military sources reported on Monday.

Militants of IS were trying to break the siege imposed by Kurdish fighters south of Hasakah. 

Clashes renewed between the YPG and IS on the southern outskirts of the city. 

Field activist Raman Hassan told ARA News that sporadic clashes took place Monday between YPG fighters and IS militants near the Nashwa Gharbiya and Geweran neighborhoods. 

IS militants have been stationed in the Sports city and the House of Culture in southern Hasakah for weeks.

“We (YPG) will soon break into the Nashwa Gharbiya neighborhood from the Mahjara district adjacent to the neighborhood. The YPG’s first attempt to infiltrate into the neighborhood failed because IS filled the houses and streets with explosives,” a YPG fighter told ARA News. “Also, IS snipers were deployed on the houses’ roofs.”

Meanwhile, local sources reported that an IS Tunisian leader was killed along with five militants during an airstrike near al-Melebiya Regiment south Hasakah, without identifying whether the attack was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes or the Syrian regime’s air force. 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho        

Source: ARA News

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