Amid mounting violence, Syria’s Hasakah in turmoil


Pro-regime fighters in southern Hasakah. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – As militants the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) continues its attempts to storm the city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria, clashes renewed Wednesday between the group and Syrian regime forces in the southern suburbs of Hasakah, local sources reported. 

Activists based in Hasakah told ARA News that the IS radicals carried out a car bomb attack at a checkpoint of pro-regime forces southern the city, leading to fierce clashes between both sides. 

Subsequently, regime forces –stationed in the regiment of Mount Kawkab– targeted IS strongholds with heavy artillery on Wednesday evening. 

In the meantime, U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes targeted IS locations with several airstrikes in Hasakah on Wednesday.

Speaking to ARA News, civil rights activist Khalil Khurshid said that the coalition’s fighter jets hit IS locations in the eastern and southern countryside of Hasakah. 

Last week, IS jihadists attacked bases of the regime’s security forces and allied militias south of Hasakah, near the highway of Abyad–Hasakah, where fierce clashes took place near the regime-held checkpoint of Panorama at the southern entrance of the city. 


Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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