Qamishli, Syria– Local activists based in Hasaka city in northeastern Syria stated to ARA News on Monday that the city saw a security tension and a heavy presence of regime security forces, backed by members of the pro-regime militia of the National Defence, with an inspection campaign of citizens on the regime checkpoints in the city.
The activists added that the pro-regime forces are preparing a military campaign “to storm into Gueran district”.
“Pro-Assad security chiefs in Hasaka city held a meeting in the headquarter of the ruling Baath Party with the commanders of the National Defence militia in preparation for a military crackdown against rebels-held Gueran district,” activists reported.
“This came after the end of the deadline which the regime gave to the armed opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Gueran district to surrender themselves,” activists said.
Notably, the district of Gueran in Hasaka city saw in mid-February clashes between FSA fighters and regime forces −backed by members of the National Defence− amid heavy bombardment by regime forces on the district. The clashes were preceded by the control of FSA fighters over the district of Gueran.
The recent surge of violence in Hasaka claimed lives of a number of civilians, while dozens were reportedly injured. The regime-led bombardment left large damage in residential buildings, local sources said.
February clashes ended after a truce between both sides was reached. The regime forces then gave FSA fighters three weeks to give up their weapons and surrender. However, the FSA kept its strongholds in Gueran district.
Reporting by: Judi Aziz
Source: ARA News
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