World Bulletin / News Desk
ISIL launched an assault on government-held areas of Hasaka on Thursday, capturing at least one district in the southwest of the city, which lies close to the borders with Turkey and Iraq.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said an estimated 50,000 people had been displaced within Hasaka city while 10,000 had left northwards towards Amuda town, close to the Turkish border.
Its report on developments on Thursday cited the Syrian government's Department of Social Affairs and local partners. It said the estimated pre-war population in Hasaka was around 300,000 people.
"An estimated 200,000 people may try to flee the city in the coming hours to northern areas of the governorate, most likely towards Amuda and Qamishli," it said. Qamishli is a city around 80km (50 miles) north of Hasaka that sits on the Turkish border.
ISIL said it had seized al-Nashwa district and neighboring areas in the southwest of Hasaka, a city divided into zones of government and Kurdish control.
It said humanitarian partners in Qamishli and the Department of Social affairs met on Thursday in preparation for an expected influx of displaced people.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based organization that tracks the war, said clashes in Kobani erupted between ISIL members and the Kurdish YPG for a second day on Friday.Last Mod: 26 Haziran 2015, 11:19