Pro-Assad forces clash with ISIS militants in Hasakah

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Militants of the Islamic State burning cigarette packs after banning smoking in Raqqa province. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – The Syrian regime’s military forces shelled the southern and eastern countrysides of the city of Hasakah, northeastern Syria with heavy artillery, targeting locations controlled by militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), local activists reported on Thursday.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Dilovan Mohammed reported that violent clashes broke out between the pro-regime military forces (backed by gunmen of National Defense militia) and fighters of the IS radical group.

The clashes took place south of Hasakah “on the road linking the city with the regime-held security branch of al-Melabiya”, coinciding with heavy bombardment by the pro-Assad forces (centered at al-Kawkab military base) against strongholds of the IS group in the area.

The IS-held town of Tel Brak in southern Hasakah was also exposed to artillery shelling by the pro-Assad army forces on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the pro-regime gunmen of National Defense Army (Arab tribal militia in Hasakah) reportedly arrested a group of IS fighters in the vicinity of Tel Brak, seizing their weapons and ammunition.

The NA militia also targeted a car loaded with a number of IS militants on the road leading to the villages of Soda and Abed in the eastern suburbs of Hasakah, military sources in the area told ARA News.

 

Reporting by: Aynur Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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