Islamic State militants attack Syria’s Qamishli, casualties reported

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Damage of a residential building in Qamishli caused by IS-led attack with mortar fire on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Activists

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Sunday, Islamic State’s (IS/ISIL) militants fighters launched an intense attack with mortar shells against the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli (Qamishlo), in northeastern Syria.

IS militants launched mortar fire against several neighbourhoods in the city from their strongholds in the town of Tel Hamis, south of Qamishli.

Dozens of casualties among civilians were reported.

Meanwhile, military forces of the Syrian regime (based in Qamishli Internaional Airport)  counter-attacked IS-held Tel Hamis by use of heavy artillery.

Speaking to ARA news in Qamishli, Kurdish activist Ahmed Suleiman said that at least two civilians were killed and dozens of others were injured as mortar shells launched by IS extremists hit several neighbourhoods in the city.

“IS terrorists targeted the neighbourhoods of al-Zaytouniya, al-Hilaliya, al-Ashuriya and the city center of Qamishli,” Suleiman said. “The IS-led attacks started in the afternoon and continued until the evening on Sunday.”

A 9-year-old boy was killed in al-Zaytouniyah, and a 22-year-old girl was reported dead in al-Shuriya in Qamishli on Sunday.

According to local sources, there were critical cases among the injured, who were transferred to several hospitals in the city, including Qamishli National Hospital.

Noteworthy, militant fighters of IS have been in control for months in the southern countryside of Qamishli, mainly in the towns of Tel Hamis and Tel Brak.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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