IS fighters at the gates of northeastern Syrian city
Islamic State fighters - Reuters

BEIRUT: Activists and the Islamic State group’s radio station say militants have reached the southern gates of the northeastern city of Hassakeh amid intense air raids and shelling.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said Friday that IS fighters captured the power station and the juvenile prison just south of Hassakeh.

Hassakeh is split between government forces and Kurdish fighters who have been attacking IS positions elsewhere in the province.

IS radio station Al-Bayan said the militants are about one kilometer (mile) from the southern entrance in the city claiming to have killed dozens of soldiers.

IS has been attacking Hassakeh since May 30, facing stiff resistance from government forces.

The Observatory and the Local Coordination Committees say government warplanes repeatedly attack IS forces near Hassakeh on Friday.

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