YPG fighters observe an ISIS stronghold south Hasakah. Photo: ARA News
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QAMISHLI – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched a mortar attack on a security checkpoint for the regime forces in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, activists reported on Sunday.
ISIS militants have targeted a checkpoint held by Syrian regime forces near the Panorama roundabout at the southern entrance of Hasakah city.
“At least three regime security forces were killed in the attack,” media activist Ismael al-Abed told ARA News in Hasakah.
“The mortar attack was followed by clashes between ISIS militants and pro-regime forces in the vicinity of Panorama roundabout, where light and heavy weapons were used,” the source added.
“Two ISIS militants were killed during the clashes that continued until Sunday evening,” al-Abed reported.
In the meantime, Syrian warplanes launched several airstrikes on ISIS positions in Geweran neighborhood. Three ISIS vehicles were destroyed during the strikes, a security source told ARA News.
Also on Sunday, clashes broke out between ISIS militants and Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the western countryside of Hasakah near Mount Abdulaziz, a Kurdish military source reported, without providing further information about the outcomes of the clashes.
The Islamic State radical group has been striving to seize Hasakah city. The group had taken over several neighborhoods south and east of the city before being expelled by the Kurdish YPG forces in June. ISIS is still in control of the Shaddadi town and nearby villages in the southern countryside of Hasakah, and the al-Hawl town to the east.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News