Syria’s Kurdish forces take control of eight villages after clashes with ISIS

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A Kurdish fighter of the YPG during clashes with ISIS extremists in the countryside of Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Tuesday, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad shelled the southern countryside of Qamishli (Qamishlo) in northeastern Syria, where militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) were positioned.  

This coincided with clashes between the IS militants and Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Qamishli suburb. 

Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist Alan Ahmed said that the Syrian regime military forces –stationed in Tartab security branch and the international airport of Qamishli– targeted with helicopters and heavy artillery the IS-held sites in the town of Tel Hamis and the village of Abu Qasayib (located north of Tel Hamis) in the countryside of Qamishli.

“The attacks on Tel Hamis came after IS militant fighters attacked checkpoints of the pro-regime forces and the YPG in the area,” Ahmad reported quoting military sources. 

“The clashes broke out between the radical group of IS on the one hand and the military forces of the Syrian regime and the YPG fighters on the other hand, in the villages of Abu Qasayib and Sharmukh, north of the town of Tel Hamis,” he said. “This coincided with shelling by the pro-Assad artillery and helicopters against IS positions.”  

In other developments, activist Ammar Hassan, based in Hasakah, told ARA News that the YPG forces took control of eight villages near the town of Tel Kocher (Yarubia) in the country side of Hasakah on the Syrian-Iraqi border, following clashes with IS militants on Monday.

According to locals, mass displacement took place in the villages of Hasakah countryside over the past few days as a result of shelling and airstrikes by the pro-regime forces.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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