Islamists take over areas near Hasaka, north syria

01-03-2014

 

ARA News 

Qamishli, Syria− After more than a week of clashes between members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other rebel groups (including Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra), a relative calmness prevailed in the southern countryside of Hasaka city, northeast of Syria.

Ammar Abdul Rahman, a human rights activist, told ARA News that the town of Margada near Hasakah saw calmness on Friday after a truce agreement called for by the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammed Joulani. 

“The majority of Margada residents escaped their homes with the start of the clashes,” Abdul Rahman said. “The clashes left several casualties between dead and injured.” 

After ISIL members dominated the town, they installed several checkpoints on the roads which linked the town with Hasaka and Deir Ezzor, and arrested those possessed weapons in the area.  

According to Abdul Rahman, the ISIL prevented residents of Margada from returning home, as the group blocked all entrances to the town.

Mohammad al-Ahmad, a media activist based in Hasaka city, told ARA News that calmness also prevailed in Shaddadi town (50 km south of Hasaka) on Friday.

“The ISIL imposed strict Islamic rules on the residents of Shaddadi, threatening that those who violate the rules will face imprisonment,” said al-Ahmad.

Last week, clashes broke out between al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra Front −backed by the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham− and members of the al-Qaeda splinter group of ISIL in several villages and towns in the southern countryside of Hasaka city. The clashes ended with the control of ISIL group several towns and villages. Hundreds of residents were displaced due to the clashes. 

 

Reporting by: Judi Aziz

Source: ARA News

 

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