World Bulletin / News Desk
ISIL has launched an assault on the largely Kurdish city of Hasakah in northeast Syria on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
"ISIL fighters started an assault on Hasakah city and reached the city's southern periphery, where they are clashing with pro-regime forces," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Observatory.
He said the pro-government militia had blocked the ISIL advance on the city's edges and reported heavy shelling. Syria's official news agency SANA said loyalist forces had "foiled a terrorist attack by IS on military points near Hasakah".
Control of Hasakah,is divided between President Bashar al-Assad's regime and Kurdish forces.
Abdel Rahman said at least 10 government troops had been killed, but there was no confirmation of ISIL casualties.
The Assyrian Network for Human Rights activist group said ISIL had launched "a new attempt at seizing control of the city" and seized one checkpoint on Hasakah's southwest edges.
"Hasakah has been hit by mortar rounds since Saturday morning," and a local church had been damaged, the Network said.