Explosion in clinic in Syria’s Hasakah kills 50

Explosion in clinic kills at least 50 people on Sunday, most of them children, in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah as ISIS advance towards the city

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

More than 50 people died, most of them children, in an explosion resulting in a fire at a clinic in the neighbourhood of Qamishli city north of Hasakah, after ISIS attacked the city with mortar shells.

A statement released by the Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported that the blast took place in the Maysaloun neighbourhood of Qamishli city.

"The fire took place east of the city at the Maysaloun clinic. We had just begun a vaccination campaign for the children," a local activist who requested to remain anonymous said.

No information has yet been given as to whether or not the blast was the result of an attack and no group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Saturday, ISIS pounded the pro-regime security branches in the city with mortar shellings, killing dozens of civilians, local sources reported.

ISIS has been attacking the province since last week aiming to capture it from a unified front of Marxist Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters (the Syrian branch of the outlawed PKK group recognised as a terrorist organisation by the EU, US and Turkey), as well as regime loyalist militias, and regime soldiers.

ARA news reported that dozens of casualties resulted from ISIS’ shelling on Saturday based on reports from the Hikma Hospital in Hasakah.

Meanwhile, pro-Assad militia fighters were targeted by three car bomb attacks at the Abyad checkpoint southwest of Hasakah. Another two car bombs hit the positions of pro-regime militias in the village of Dawoodiya southeast of the city.

“The village of Rad Shaqra in Hasakah was also exposed to a terrorist attack by ISIS on Saturday evening, causing the death of more than 20 civilians and the injury of dozens of others,” a source told ARA News.

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