Tension hits Syria’s Hasakah amid clashes between Kurdish fighters and pro-Assad forces


A pro-Assad soldier in the suburbs of Hasakah. File photo

ARA News

Hasakah, Syria – Subsequent to a week of clashes between the People’s Protection Units (YPG) allied with the Assayish forces on the one hand, against the Syrian regime’s military forces backed by allied militias on the other hand, tension prevailed in the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, local activists reported.

The recent YPG-regime clashes in the city led to changes in the controlled areas by the two parties inside the city.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Khurshid Khalil said that the YPG fighters took control of the Sabbagh checkpoint in the northern entrance of the city. 

Also on Sunday, the YPG fighters took control of the Khashman checkpoint and the Informatics School in the Talaa district.

Khalil pointed out that the YPG also controlled the water station and the al-Wehda al-Arabiya School in the Aziziyah neighborhood, which was regained during the recent clashes, adding that the Kurdish Assayish forces took over the northern outpost of the Tel Hajar neighborhood and the roundabout of the industrial area.

“The Kurdish Assayish forces were deployed in the vicinity of the Assyrian Church’s roundabout near the Tel Hajar neighborhood,” Khalil added.

Meanwhile, civil rights activist Abdul Salam Saleh told ARA News on the phone that heavily armed pro-regime forces were deployed in the central market of Hasakah, and many of them were carrying RBGs.

“The pro-regime forces took control of the Kalima hospital at the Gas Station of the Mersho area, which was previously controlled by the Assayish forces, before the recent clashes with the pro-regime forces,” Saleh said.

The activist also pointed out that the pro-regime militia of the National Defense Army seized control of the Ismail Toukan School in the Aziziyah neighborhood after the withdrawal of the Assayish forces.


Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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