Syria declares Hasakah ‘safe’ city after fight against ISIL
The Syrian government says the flashpoint city of Hasakah is now safe, denying reports that the Takfiri ISIL terrorists have captured major facilities there.
Syrian’s official news agency, SANA announced Saturday that government institutions are still operative in the northeastern city and army soldiers continue to hunt down ISIL militants who have been trying to infiltrate into the city from its southern districts.
The government denied claims that terrorists had stormed a major prison in Hasakah, saying the facility in Ghweiran District is operating normally as guards managed to repel an assault on Friday.
Battles raged on Thursday when ISIL began launching attacks on Nashweh, attempting to capture the area.
Chief of Hasakah Police Department General Hasib al-Tahan told SANA that neighborhoods on Hasakah outskirts which were claimed to have been captured by ISIL, including Ghweiran, al-Aziziyeh and al-Salehiyeh, are “all safe.”
However, other reports said clashes continued between government forces and militants in Nashweh, one of the neighborhoods which ISIL tried to infiltrate on June 25.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the forces from the Republican Guards Unit in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour have reached Hasakah to help government forces battling militants.
Fighter jets of the Syrian air force also pounded positions of ISIL south of the city.
On Friday, Syrian Minister of Information Omran al-Zoubi called on all men in Hasakah to take part in the armed battle against ISIL and to defend the city against what he called the “massive offensive” by the terrorists.