Kurdish fighters report gains against pro-Assad forces northeastern Syria

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Syrian Kurdish female fighter from the YPJ. File photo

ARA News 

Hasakah, Syria – Following fierce clashes, the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) took control of several locations of the pro-regime forces in the city of Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, locals reported on Saturday.

Speaking to ARA News in Hasakah, civil rights activist Rezan Mohammed said that the YPG fighters seized the Sabbagh roundabout at the northern entrance of the city, as well as the northern police station and the silos area in the Tel Hajar neighborhood.

Additionally, the YPG took control of the village of Khashman after clashes with the pro-regime forces and the allied militia of the National Defense.

“The clashes continued until the late hours of Saturday, as the YPG received additional military reinforcements from Derik (Malikiya), Derbassiyeh and Amuda,” the source said. 

“The pro-regime forces bombed the health housing area in the Salihiya neighborhood with artillery and mortar shells,” Mohammed told ARA News. “They shelled the Kurdish-majority neighborhood of Salihiya from their headquarters in the security branch of Mount Kawkab and the Baath party building downtown.” 

Dozens of casualties were reported, including civilians. 

The civil rights activist Ghassan Hamo, based in Hasakah, stated to ARA News that the YPG fighters captured a number of pro-Assad soldiers during the clashes (which started Friday night), pointing to the parties’ intention to exchange prisoners during the next few hours.

The city of Hasakah has seen Friday night clashes between the YPG and the regime forces near the Fire Department’s checkpoint in the Tel Hajar neighborhood.

 

Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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