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Syria, Kurdish forces push ISIL out of Hasakah: Report

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)
A member of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighting alongside Syrian forces against the ISIL Takfiri militants mans a machine gun in the al-Nashwa neighbourhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah on July 26, 2015. (AFP photo)

Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters have pushed ISIL terrorists from the northeastern city of Hasakah, according to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The ISIL Takfiri group “was expelled by the army from Zuhur, the last district in which it was present in Hasakah,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the London-based group said.

He said the militants belonging to the terrorist group “have been pushed to the southern outskirts of the city.”

The victory was achieved after more than a month of fighting in the city between Syrian government forces and Kurdish fighters on the one side and the Takfiri terrorists on the other.

A Syrian military source also said that Syrian army forces killed more than 500 gunmen in the process of clearing the city from Takfiri militants.

The source highlighted the contribution of Kurdish forces to the victory, saying they backed the Syrian army in cutting the militants’ supply routes.

According to the source, the Syrian army forces are currently demining the city.

A local Kurdish commander said at least 15 villages around Hasakah are now uninhabitable due to the mines laid by terrorists.

Last month, ISIL terrorists began their assault on Hasakah before capturing a number of its neighborhoods and forcing the evacuation of many of its residents. 

The conflict in Syria, which started in March 2011, has reportedly claimed more than 230,000 lives up until now.

The violence has also forced over 3.8 million Syrians to take refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon. More than 7.2 million others have been displaced within Syria, according to the United Nations.


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