Pro-Assad forces hold ceasefire with rebels in Syria’s Hasakah

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ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – Following three weeks of clashes and bombardment, pro-Assad military forces with gunmen of Ahrar Geweran in the city of Hasakah in northeastern Syria reached a ceasefire on Wednesday.

Ahrar Geweran gunmen had recently declared allegiance to the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) –which controls areas in the southern countryside of Hasakah.

The Syrian regime’s army had shelled Geweran neighbourhood for three consecutive weeks and imposed a blockade on the neighbourhood. However, after the death of dozens of civilians under the bombardment, some Arab tribal figures in Hasakah mediated a trucen between both parties that allowed civilians to leave the war-torn area.

“The truce agreement ensures the gunmen will withdraw from the neighborhood with their weapons towards the area of ​​Mount Abdulaziz (25 km west of the city),” an activist told ARA News in Hasakah.

The same source added that peace returned on Wednesday to Hasakah after intense violence hit the city’s southern areas, causing the death of dozens and displacement of hundreds.

Meanwhile, the city saw considerable deployment of armed men of the National Defence Army (loyal to President Bashar al-Assad) across the city on Wednesday, coinciding with the installation of security checkpoints between the major neighbourhoods of Hasakah.

 

Reporting by: Zaradasht Khalil

Source: ARA News

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