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Syrian army, Kurdish fighters advance against ISIL in Hasakah

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Picture shows Kurdish fighters who have allied with Syrian government forces against ISIL in the city of Hasakah. (AFP)

Syrian government forces along with Kurdish fighters advance against ISIL in the strategic northeastern city of Hasakah, authorities say.

Syrian state media reported on Sunday that the terrorist group is being cornered to two small areas in the city.

The governor of the al-Hasakah Governorate told SANA news agency that "the army and national forces are in the final stage of being able to declare Hasakah city fully secure."

Kurdish forces assisted the Syrian army in securing control of the Western al-Nashwa area of the city.

Residents who fled the fighting began returning to neighborhoods that were taken back from ISIL, SANA said.

ISIL began its assault on Hasakah on June 25, seizing several neighborhoods before Syrian and national forces began fighting back and making considerable gains.

The city is the capital of Hasakah province, which is ethnically mixed and includes Arab, Kurdish, Turkmen, and Assyrian residents among others.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army gained ground in the battle against the ISIL Takfiris in the western parts of the ancient city of Palmyra in the central Homs province.

The ISIL stormed Palmyra in May, prompting the Syrian army to wage a counter-offensive. Palmyra, which is on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, contains the monumental ruins of a city that was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world.

More than 230,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with foreign-backed militants waging war on the government there.

The UN says that since then, over 7.2 million people have been internally displaced, and over three million have been forced to flee the country.

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