Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Over 3,000 families flee homes in Syria's Hasakah amid US airstrikes - China.org.cn

As many as 3,500 families have so far fled their homes in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah amid the U.S. airstrikes and clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Islamic State (IS) militants, the state news agency SANA reported on Monday.



The U.S. airstrikes and the clashes between the SDF and IS have been escalating following the jailbreak of IS inmates from a Kurdish-controlled prison in the Gweiran neighborhood in Hasakah on Thursday evening.

Following the prison escape, the SDF engaged in fierce battles with IS militants inside and outside the prison while the U.S.-led warplanes kept on targeting residential areas where the IS fugitives could have reached.

Earlier on Monday, the U.S.-led warplanes struck a university campus in Hasakah and destroyed the university's parking lot, as part of their manhunt for IS, according to SANA.

Such a situation has pushed thousands of families to flee their homes close to the clashes sites in Kurdish-controlled areas.

SANA said the displaced families reached the government-controlled areas in Hasakah and settled in temporary displacement shelters, as the Syrian army opened safe corridors to secure the fleeing families.

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