After losing Deir ez-Zor, Syrian regime defends Hasakah against IS


Members of the Syrian army. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – An explosion hit the Syrian northeastern city of Hasakah, targeting headquarters of the pro-Assad security forces in Nashwa district. Two members of the Syrian security were injured during the incident.

As no party adopted the attack, pro-Assad observers accused militants of the Islamic State (IS), who are stationed in the southern countryside of Hasakah.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil activist Ismail Ali reported that the wounded pro-Assad security members were immediately transferred tot eh city’s National Hospital, adding that their injuries were critical.

Meanwhile, local sources reported heavy artillery shelling on the southern countryside of Hasakah by the pro-regime army forces on Sunday evening. The shelling targeted strongholds of the Islamic State (IS).

Syrian military helicopters also bombarded al-Hol town in southern Hasakah. No casualties reported.

The Kurdish-majority neighbourhood of Aziziya in central Hasakah saw on Monday deployment of Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and the Assayish. According to locals, the Kurdish fighters took positions at the top of the residential buildings in the neighbourhood.

The state of alert among the Kurdish forces came after receiving information about possible offensive by IS militants.

On the other hand, shelling continued from the regime-held airport of Qamishli city, targeting several villages in the southern countryside of the city near the town of Tel Hamis, which is held by militants of the Islamic State (IS), activists from the city of Qamishli told ARA News.

Noteworthy, the Islamic State took control of regiment 121 (al-Melebiya) at the end of July this year in al-Hasakah, in addition to its domination over most of the southern countryside of Hasakah and Qamishli, northeast of Syria.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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