The battle in Syria’s Hasakeh displace over 50,000 people
Clashes between the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and government troops in the northeast Syrian city of Hasakeh have displaced an estimated 60,000 people, a UN agency said on June 25.
The UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA) said at least 50,000 people had been displaced within Hasakeh while another 10,000 had fled north towards the town of Amuda.
A Syrian OCHA official told AFP that the displaced included ethnic Arabs and Kurds.
ISIL jihadists captured two southern neighbourhoods in Hasakeh, the capital of the province by the same name, on June 25, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
OCHA, which quotes reports from local partners, added that “2,000 civilians remain trapped in the concerned neighbourhoods.”
“Should the security situation continue to deteriorate, it is estimated that up to 200,000 people may try to flee Hasakeh city in the coming hours and days, most likely towards Amuda and Qamishli” to the northeast, OCHA said.