Kurds, allied rebels regain dozens of villages after clashes with ISIS in Hasakah

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Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). File photo

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – Backed by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes, Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured 36 villages, after killing 178 militants of the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) since the start of the Hasakah campaign in northeastern Syria. 

The SDF leadership said in a statement of Saturday: “Within a week of anti-ISIS operations, we have liberated 350 square km held by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists, including 36 villages, 10 farms, 2 gas stations and 6 border posts.”

“The death toll of the terror group reached 99 terrorists during battles with our forces in the past few days, while 79 more terrorists have been killed by airstrikes of the U.S.-led coalition warplanes, which means a total of 178 terrorists have been killed since the operation started,” the statement read. 

“13 SDF fighters have been martyred during the battles so far,” the statement added.

The SDF leadership pointed out that the terror group detonated 17 car bombs, two of them exploded within ISIS areas while the rest hit positions for the joint forces, except one more blast that hit a gathering for civilians in the Atshan village.

Three civilians have died and four more were wounded and subsequently transferred to Hasakah hospitals to receive the necessary treatment, according to the statement.

“We have also seized control of 2 Dushka (14.5) with 200 bullets, one Dushka (12.5) with 400 bullets, 5 RPGs with 8 fillings, 5 machineguns with 1325 bullets, 11 rifles with 2000 bullets, 500 mines, 2 motorbikes, a car bomb, 6 military vehicles, and one mortar shell,” the SDF added in its statement.

Civilians have been repeatedly used as human shields by ISIS extremists during the recent clashes. 

“We advise people of al-Hawl town (east of Hasakah) to evacuate the area to avoid being used as human shields by the terror group,” the SDF’s leadership warned. 

An spokesman for the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) –a key group in the SDF– told ARA News: “The Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated Saturday the Tishreen gas field near al-Hawl town, the Chinese company, the village of Shalala and the road that connects the Tishreen gas field with the Jibisa oilfield in Hssakah province.”

The source added that on Thursday evening the SDF liberated the villages of Hanaj and Nasrat in the southern countryside of Hasakah from ISIS radicals, in addition to the farm of Ogla Naim and the surrounding agricultural fields. 

“ISIS militants tried to target the Ogla Naim with two car bombs on the road of Shaddadi-Hawl, but they were hit by the SDF before reaching their targets,” he said, pointing out “the SDF was also able to liberate the village al-Hasbawi from the terror group on Saturday evening.”

Noteworthy, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces announced last week the start of its military campaign for regaining control of the ISIS-held town of al-Hawl and other areas in the province of Hasakah in northeastern Syria. The SDF includes the YPG, YPJ, the Syriac Military Council, the Arab tribal group of al-Sanadeed, al-Jazeera brigades, Jaish al-Thuwar group and Burkan al-Furat battalion.

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh and Jan Nasro 

Source: ARA News

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