Qamishli, Syria− Fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front jointly controlled the town of Margada in the southern suburb of Hasaka city, northeast Syria, on Saturday.
The town was recently captured by the al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State f Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Fierce clashes took place between fighter of al-Nusra −backed by the Islamic front and rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)− and members of the ISIL in Margada on Saturday before the FSA rebels and al-Nusra control the city.
Ammar Abdul Rahman, a media activist based in Hasaka, told ARA News that ISIL members withdrew towards Shaddadi town, nearly 50 km south of al-Hasaka, after loosing Margada battle.
“The clashes took place after the ISIL members breached the truce declared by al-Nusra leader (Emir), Abu Mohammed Joulani,” Abdul Rahman said.
Abdul Rahman pointed out that fighters of Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic Front and other FSA battalions which participated in Margada operations, besieged the ISIL members in the gas station of al-Thalja (east of Margada town), as they cut the road in front of a military convoy coming to support the trapped members of the ISIL.
Local sources told ARA News that the ISIL imposed strict Islamic rules on the residents of Shaddadi, vowing those who violate their newly announced rules to face imprisonment.
Members of ISIL, Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic Front exchanged control over several sites in the southern countryside of al-Hasakah since fighting broke out between them nearly two weeks ago.
Remarkably, clashes broke out recently 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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