ISIS renews attacks on Hasakah, clashes with Kurdish forces

YPG fighters observe an ISIS stronghold south Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Thursday, Militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) renewed their attacks on the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, military sources reported. 

Subsequently, clashes took place between IS militants and Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), who try to repel IS attacks on the southeastern parts of Hasakah city. 

“Clashes continued between Kurdish YPG fighters and IS militants in the southeastern suburb of Hasakah until Friday evening,” YPG sources told ARA News. 

The clashes centered in Saba Sukur and Rajman districts southeast of Hasakah. At least four IS militants were killed during the clashes, whereas three Kurdish fighters were injured, according to the YPG leadership. 

Also on Friday, militants of the Islamic State tried to advance towards Mount Abdulaziz, that has been regained by the Kurdish forces nearly two months ago. 

“However, the terrorists withdrew under the blows of our heavy machine guns,” a YPG fighter told ARA News. 

This coincided with airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition forces on IS fighting positions in the vicinity of Hasakah. 

“The coalition fighter jets launched several strikes on IS positions near Melabiya sub-district and the surrounding areas south of Hasakah,” media activist Abdulkarim Saleh told ARA News.

Kurdish forces expelled IS militants from several neighborhoods of Hasakah city two weeks ago, after fierce clashes that claimed lives of dozens on both sides. 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News 

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