Air strikes hit Islamists strongholds in Syria’s Hasakah

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Militant fighters of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The U.S.-led international coalition launched intensive exploratory sorties on Wednesday over the cities and towns of al-Hasakah province, northeastern Syria, to identify bases of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, in order to target them.

The international coalition’s aircraft roamed over the city of Shaddadi (50 km south of al-Hasakah) and towns of Margada, al-Hol, Tel Hamis and Jazaa in Hasakah’s eastern and southern suburbs, local sources reported.

This coincided with clashes between the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –military arm of the Democratic Union Party PYD– and IS militants in Jazaa area near the Syrian-Iraqi border, activists told ARA News.

Speaking to ARA News in al-Hasakah, civil rights activist Ahmed al-Husseini said that on Thursday the town of al-Hiweziyeh south of al-Hasakah was exposed to air strikes by the international coalition, which targeted IS-held centers there.

“There are oil refineries in the town of al-Hiweziyeh as well as an IS-led black market for selling crude oil. They were all targeted by the U.S.-led strikes,” Husseini added.

Meanwhile, pro-Assad security forces reportedly broke into several houses that had been under surveillance in southern Hasakah and arrested several IS-linked gunmen, confiscating weapons and amounts of ammunition, activists said.

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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