UN: Conflict displaces 60000 in Syria’s Hasaka

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SHAFAQNA - An estimated 60,000 people have been displaced in the wake of fierce clashes between Syrian government forces and terrorist groups in the northern city of Hasakah, according to the United Nations. 

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Thursday that clashes in Hasakah have displaced some 60,000 people with thousands of them entirely leaving the city to find a shelter in other parts of Syria. 

Around 50,000 people have been displaced within Hasakah and another 10,000 have fled the city for the northern town of Amuda, the OCHA said, adding that those displaced included both ethnic Arabs and Kurds. 

Fighting has raged in Hasakah over the past few days, with reports on Thursday showing that militants of the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group have captured two southern districts of the city, where about “2,000 civilians remain trapped,” according to the OCHA. 

“Should the security situation continue to deteriorate, it is estimated that up to 200,000 people may try to flee Hasakah city in the coming hours and days, most likely towards Amuda and Qamishli” to the northeast Syria, the OCHA said, adding that UN agencies were preparing for an influx of refugees in Qamishli. 

Before the armed militancy began in Syria in March 2011, more than 300,000 people, including Muslim Arabs, Kurds, and Christians, lived in Hasakah, the capital of a province by the same name. 

Syrian forces have repelled numerous attacks launched by ISIL on various parts of the city and the surrounding villages. 

The violence fueled by Takfiri groups has claimed the lives of an estimated 230,000 people in over four years of turmoil in Syria, according to reports. 

About four million people have left Syria since, and more than 7.2 million have become internally displaced, according to the United Nations.

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