On Sunday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) finally succeeded in capturing the Al-Ahdath Juvenile Detention Facility in the southern countryside of the provincial capital after engaging the besieged National Defense Forces (NDF) soldiers in a fierce one week long battle that resulted in the latter withdrawing from the prison’s parameters.
The NDF soldiers attempted to withdraw from the Al-Ahdath Juvenile Detention Facility to the Al-Hasakah Electrical Substation in broad daylight, leaving them susceptible to ISIS’ gunfire, while they ran 200 meters toward the electrical facility.
Unfortunately, 23 NDF soldiers were reportedly killed during their attempted escape from Al-Ahdath Prison and another 11 soldiers are reportedly missing from the same contingent; however, a military source has confirmed that 37 NDF soldiers made it to safety at the Al-Hasakah Electrical Substation after they fled the prison.
Meanwhile, inside the provincial capital, ISIS has not let up their assault on the east district of Al-Ghuweiran Quarter, as they would attempt to breach the Republican Guard’s frontline positions with multiple waves of fighters that ran into a brick-wall defense.
ISIS’ repeated attempts to penetrate into the east district of Al-Ghuweiran resulted in the death of over 30 of their combatants and their eventual withdrawal from the area after the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) began pounding their fighters from the air.
The Syrian Armed Forces did not remain quiet on Sunday, instead they conducted a number of raids in the Al-Nishwa and Al-Zuhour Districts, killing scores of enemy combatants and destroying four armored vehicles that belonged to ISIS.
At the Red Villas in east Al-Hasakah, the Syrian Armed Forces targeted an ISIS weapons depot and with the help of the Syrian Air Force, they were able to destroy this site.