Islamic State militants launch attack against Qamishli airport

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Syrian army forces launch artillery bombardment against ISIS strongholds northeast Syria. Photo: Activists

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Monday, three missiles targeted the International Airport of Qamishli, in northeastern Syria, were launched from the south countryside of Qamishli city, where militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) are in control, local sources reported.

Qamishli airport is held by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, who are in conflict with IS militant fighters south of the city.

Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, civil rights activist Alan Ahmed reported that one of these three missiles landed in the courtyard of the airport without causing any injuries or material damage, while the other two landed near the Agricultural Institute in Helaliya neighbourhood, in the vicinity of the airport.

The pro-regime forces (stationed at the International Airport of Qamishli) responded to the attack by shelling the IS-held areas in the towns of Tel Brak, Tel Hamis and the neighbouring villages in the southern countryside of Qamishli (Qamishlo).

Meanwhile, the Kurdish forces of the Assayish and the Popular Protection Units (YPG) (security and military arms of the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) performed a military parade on Monday, along the main street of central Qamishli. The Kurdish forces have for months been fighting against militants of the Islamic State (IS), and have recently coordinated with pro-Assad forces to defeat the Sunni insurgents.

Noteworthy, the southern countryside of Qamishli has been under the control of IS militants for nearly a year. The area saw continuous clashes between the YPG and pro-Assad forces on the one hand, and IS militant fighters on the other.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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