A Kurdish fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) fires his weapon at a statue of Bassel al-Assad, brother of Syria's President Bashar, in the Ghwairan neighborhood of Hasaka, Syria, August 22, 2016.REUTERS/Rodi Said
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Kurdish rebels in Syria made inroads against regime forces in the eastern city of Hassakeh Monday, as Turkey announced howitzer and artillery attacks near Jarablus apparently to pave the way for Syrian opposition fighters to take the Daesh (ISIS)-held town.Kurdish fighters captured the central prison in Hassakeh after fierce clashes with Syrian regime forces and are in control of 90 percent of the northern city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. After hours of calm late Sunday, clashes broke out after midnight in the southern district of Ghweiran and around the buildings of Al-Masaken, which the Kurds later captured, said the group.They also routed regime forces from the eastern part of Ghweiran, the largest neighborhood in Hassakeh, and overran the An-Nashwa area in the south of the city. The Kurdish forces also seized control of the central prison located in Ghweiran, said the Observatory. A Kurdish official in the city had earlier said Kurdish police known as the Asayesh were in control of 85 percent of Hassakeh.
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