Syrian army and Kurdish forces confront ISIS ambitions in northeast province

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Kurdish security members of the Asayish patrolling a street in central Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – On Friday, Syrian warplanes conducted several airstrikes on locations of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria, local activists reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Raman Hassan reported that regime warplanes launched several strikes on Friday, targeting IS locations in the Nashwa Gharbiya neighborhood and its surroundings. 

“Hasakah saw a new wave of displacement amid the continuing clashes and airstrikes,” he said. “Civilians are afraid of a sudden progress by IS terrorists. So many of them are taking precautionary steps and leave their houses.”  

Meanwhile, Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) regained the Villat Gharbiya neighborhood in Hasakah two days after IS militants took over it. 

Also on Friday, pro-Assad forces of the National Defense reported advance against IS militants in southern Hasakah.

“Our forces cleared areas surrounding Nashwa district from terrorist groups,” the National Defense said in a statement. 

Two weeks ago, the IS radical group launched a major offensive on the city of Hasakah, and was able to take over several neighborhoods south of the city. The IS presence declined in the past two days, after Kurdish forces joined the battle front in Hasakah, amid continuous shelling and airstrikes by the Syrian army.

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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