Hasakah: Violence continues amid ISIS decline

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Kurdish security members stand guard at a checkpoint in northern Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Clashes continued for the sixth day between pro-regime forces and militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the southern neighborhoods of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, amid remarkable decline of the group in the city, local sources reported on Thursday.

The battles centered in the IS–held neighborhoods of Geweran, Nashwa and az-Zuhoor in the city of Hasakah amid air and artillery bombardment by the pro-regime forces on IS locations. 

On Thursday, local sources told ARA News that the western districts of Hasakah witnessed sporadic clashes after IS advanced towards Hibbo lands. 

The group withdrew towards the areas surrounding the Criminal Security branch in the Nashwa Sharqiya district. This coincided with aerial bombardment by Syrian warplanes on the outskirts of al-Layliya district where IS militants are stationed.

ARA News could not verify the death toll among the group’s ranks.

In the meantime, a relative calmness prevailed in the northern neighborhoods of the city as the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Asayish security expelled IS militants from major parts of the Villat Homr district ــthe major IS stronghold in the city.

Additionally, the Kurdish forces raided some IS suspected locations on the outskirts of al-Ghazl neighborhood, as curfew continued in some areas of Aziziyah and Talaa neighborhoods, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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