On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Gozarto Protection Forces (Assyrian militia) and the Al-Ba’ath Battalion (Kata’eb Al-Ba’ath) – have advanced to the Youth Housing building in Al-Hasakah City after fierce clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
Following their capture of the Faculty of Economics building and the Industrial Institute in the Al-Zuhour Quarter, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to press further south towards the Youth Housing building, forcing the terrorist group to have to reinforce their defensive positions around the building’s northern perimeter.
The Youth Housing building is located in the southern district of the Al-Zuhour Quarter; it is located directly north of the Panorama Roundabout that leads into the provincial capital of Al-Hasakah.
To further the plight of the ISIS militants inside the provincial capital, the Syrian Armed Forces advanced into the Al-Shari’ah District of the Al-Nishwa Quarter after securing the Al-Hasakah Villas and the remaining contested neighborhoods in the east district.
As of Saturday, the Syrian Armed Forces are now in control of 30 percent of the west district inside the Al-Nishwa Quarter; this has forced ISIS to retreat towards the Al-Hasakah Mail Depot, despite once controlling the eastern axis of the west district.