WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) -MESOP : News Roundup Syria – : Tuesday, September 2
Regime warplanes initiated several airstrikes on the holdout neighborhood of Ghweiran in the joint regime-PYD controlled city of al-Hasakah Tuesday, hitting the district with artillery shells from nearby Jabal al-Kawkab, according to the pro-opposition monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The attacks follow reported attempts by PYD forces to storm Ghweiran from the north, resulting in an unspecified number of PYD and resident casualties along the neighborhood’s northern rim.
Although anti-regime sentiment exists in Ghweiran, it is unclear which rebel faction holds sway over the neighborhood. As of publishing, resident combatants are battling Assad’s forces and have shelled regime positions within the neighborhood, according to the pro-opposition Ghweiran Moment by Moment Facebook page. Ghweiran is home to former FSA fighters—including members of the Islamic Front—who returned to the neighborhood after their units were disbanded, in addition to an unknown number of Islamic State (IS) combatants, Omar Abdulaziz, a resident activist, told Syria Direct last month. A man claiming to be a Ghweiran resident uploaded a video August 28 in which he called on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Caliph of the Islamic State, to intervene and break the joint regime-PYD imposed siege around the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, neighborhood residents broadcast a call for help to the Syrian National Coalition in mid-August, publicizing pictures of a flag bearing the colors of the Syrian revolution.