The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have launched an assault on the largely Kurdish city of Hasakeh in northeast Syria, a UK-based monitoring group has said. Aljazeera has more:
The attack on Saturday came a day after Kurdish militia executed 20 civilians accused of supporting ISIL, the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. “ISIL fighters started an assault on Hasakeh city and reached the city’s southern periphery, where they are clashing with pro-regime forces,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.He said the pro-government National Defence Forces militia had blocked the ISIL advance on the city’s edges and reported heavy shelling.Syria’s official news agency SANA said loyalist forces had “foiled a terrorist attack by ISIL on military points near Hasakeh”. Control of Hasakeh, capital city of the province by the same name, is split between President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Kurdish forces. Abdel Rahman said at least 10 government loyalists had been killed, but he had no immediate information on ISIL casualties.