ISIS maintains positions in Hasakah despite airstrikes

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Hasakah, Syria – Battles continued for the second week between Islamic State militants (IS/ISIS) and pro-regime forces in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, local sources reported on Thursday.

ISIS has been in control of large parts of the southern neighborhoods of Hasakah for nearly two weeks, despite intense airstrikes and attacks by Syrian army forces.

Speaking to ARA News, media activist Jawad Abdul Ghafoor reported that fierce clashes erupted on Thursday evening between ISIS militants and pro-regime forces near the Panorama roundabout at the southern entrance of Hasakah.

“The group targeted checkpoints pro-regime forces with missiles. Several regime fighters were killed in the attack,” he added.

“The movement between the Panorama and the Basel checkpoints has been blocked by ISIS militants,” the source said, pointing out that the regime soldiers are moving by armored vehicles between the two barriers.

“ISIS group is still in control of the Sports City, the House of Culture, the Faculty of Letters, Children’s Hospital, districts of the Nashwa Gharbiya and the Villat in southern Hasakah, deploying its snipers over buildings’ roofs,” an eyewitness told ARA News. 

In a new development, ISIS targeted a Syrian jet fighter with a thermal rocket, media activist Salar Ahmo told ARA News in Hasakah.

Meanwhile, Syrian warplanes launched several raids on ISIS locations in Hasakah city on Thursday. However, the group remains in control of the areas seized two weeks ago. 

The group has brought a large deal of ammunition to the city earlier this week, local sources said. 

 

Reporting by: Zozan Shekho

Source: ARA News

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