Tel Abyad, Syria− Four civilians were reportedly injured on Saturday in the city of Azaz in the countryside of Aleppo after a mortar shell hit the city market following clashes between rebels of the Islamic Front and the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Director of the media center in the city of Azaz told ARA News that light and heavy weapons were used in clashes which lasted for more than one hour between the Islamic Front and the ISIL.
The ISIL controls the entire city, while the Islamic Front besieges the city from outside. According to the same source, the ISIL used tanks and mortar shells in targeting the strongholds of the Islamic Front in the outskirts of the city. Meanwhile, the Islamic Front −a main Syrian rebel group− hit the city by mortar shells in response to ISIL’s attacks.
“The ISIL fighters are currently in a state of alert, as they have stationed snipers and machine guns on high buildings and on the Azaz ancient castle,” The media source said. “The ISIL arrested dozens of civilians who were accused of cooperating with the Free Syrian Army, and were detained on charges of conspiracy and collaborating with infidels.”
Sources in the city of Azaz −with a population of 80,000− talked about the difficult humanitarian and living conditions in the city which suffers a constant power cut and water scarcity since months, in addition to the rising prices of food and fuels due to the closure of Azaz-Afrin road by the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG), which prevents entry of basic supplies under the pretext that Azaz city is controlled by the ISIL fighters.
Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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