Kurds, allies expel ISIS from key gas facility north Syria

Jibisa gas facility was liberated at the hands of SDF units after two years of ISIS control. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

HASAKAH – Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized control of a key gas facility and main financial resource for the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah, military sources confirmed on Monday.

The SDF regained control of the Jibisa gas facility, located about 12km east of Shaddadi city in southern Hasakah.

The facility had been used by ISIS for nearly two years as a source to fund its operations.

Informed sources told ARA News that ISIS used to produce 5,000 gas cylinders a day in Jibisa to be sold at the black-market.

Local sources reported that ISIS has been coordinating with the Syrian regime to sell the gas it used to extract from Jibisa fields, and that the regime’s employees have been working in the facility even during ISIS control.

Speaking to ARA News, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said: “We have controlled the entire gas facility in Jibisa after expelling ISIS militants from the area.”

“The SDF has stormed ISIS headquarters after local people demanded our help to get rid of the terror group,” he said. “Jibisa was one of the main resources for ISIS, and after the SDF recaptured the area this radical group has definitely lost a main resource.”

Jibisa gas facility is considered one of the main gas facilities in northern Syria for its huge production that has been feeding power stations in central Syria. The facility was run by some 500 workers, including specialized engineers, technicians and workers.

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste

Source: ARA News

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