Islamic State continues offensive against Hasakah

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Islamic State militants. File photo

ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – Militants of the Islamic State (IS) fired on Thursday mortar shells targeting Nashwa district in western Hasakah, northeast of Syria. At least four civilians were killed and several others injured.

The mortars were reportedly launched from villages near Abdulaziz Mount west of Hasakah, which falls under the control of al-Qaeda offshoot group of the Islamic State (IS). Nashwa district, on the other hand, contains a number of regime-held security headquarters.

Nashwa’s attack led to the death of two women and two children, in addition to the injury of about a dozen, most of them children who were transferred to al-Hikma private hospital in central Hasakah and the National Hospital in al-Aziziya district.

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish activist Ali Mohammed reported from Hasakah: “A state of calmness and stability prevailed in the predominantly Kurdish neighbourhoods which are controlled by the Popular Protection Units (YPG) and Assayish (military and security arms of the Democratic Union Party PYD) amid anticipation of the development of events.”

In the meantime, local sources told ARA News that sporadic clashes erupted between members of the regime forces on the one hand, and militants of the Islamic State on the other hand in the vicinity of Nashwa district. No casualties reported.

Noteworthy, fierce clashes broke out earlier this week between the YPG and militants of IS in different areas of Hasakah countryside, where casualties were reported on both sides, while several mortar shells dropped on the neighbourhoods of the city resulting in the death and injury of several civilians.

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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