Pro-Assad forces engage in clashes with ISIS near Syria’s Qamishli

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Members of the Syrian regime army were engaged into clashes with militant fighters of the Islamic State in the suburbs of Tel Hamis town near Syria's Qamishi on Thursday morning. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The Syrian regime’s air force bombed on Thursday the town of Tel Hamis, in the southern countryside of Qamishli city (Qamishlo), in northeastern Syria. 

This comes amid clashes between militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) and military forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, civil rights activist Ammar Hassan said that pro-regime helicopters targeted the village of al-Hasawiya, in the northern suburbs of Tel Hamis (35 south of Qamishli) with barrel bombs, leaving behind substantial damage. No casualties were reported.

Meanwhile, fierce clashes broke out between the pro-Assad forces (backed by gunmen from the National Defense) and IS militants west of the city of Hasakah on the road to the town of Tel Temir (50 km south of Hasakah), amid reports of casualties in the ranks of the IS group. 

“In adition to clashes between their members and IS extremists, the pro-regime forces targeted with heavy artillery the contested area from their bases in Hasakah,” a media activist told ARA News in Hasakah, under the condition of anonymity. 

Noteworthy, the clashes between the pro-regime forces and the Islamic State’s insurgents have entered their third successive week in the western and southern parts of the city of Hasakah.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohamed

Source: ARA News

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