Fresh violence hits Syria’s Hasakah amid ISIS advance

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ISIS militants transferring weapons from Iraq to Syria, after taking over a border-line area northwestern Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria –Military sources reported on Monday that clashes broke out in the vicinity of the city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria between the pro-regime forces and militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS), .

This coincided with heavy artillery bombardment launched by the Syrian regime forces from the security center of Mount Kawkab (10 km east of Hasakah) on the radical group’s locations south and west of the city.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Khalid Hamid, a member of the regime’s security force in Hasakah, reported that the IS jihadists attacked bases of the regime’s security forces and allied militia south of Hasakah on the highway of Abyad–Hasakah where fierce clashes took place near the regime-held checkpoint of Panorama at the southern entrance of the city.

Heavy weapons were used in the clashes, and a state of panic spread among residents of Hasakah, locals said.

“Similar clashes broke out in the region near the Minors Prison,” Hamid added, pointing out that the IS extremists stormed a driving school where the pro-regime security forces have been stationed, southwest of Hasakah.

The source also pointed out that other clashes continue west of Hasakah near the al-Siddiq Junction and the village of Rafraf (10 km west of Hasakah), while the Syrian regime forces targeted IS headquarters with artillery on Monday evening.

Local activists from the city stated to ARA News that the pro-regime forces targeted the power company on the highway of Deir ez-Zor, south of Hasakah, with rockets and artillery. No casualties were reported. 

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho and Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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