Redur Xelil said the air strikes had hit Kurdish districts of
the city, which is mostly controlled by Kurdish groups, and the
positions of a Kurdish security force known as the Asayish.
"There are martyrs and wounded," he told Reuters.
The Syrian military could not immediately be reached for
The YPG controls wide areas of northeastern Syria, where Kurdish
groups have established an autonomous government since the start
of the Syrian conflict in 2011. The Syrian government still has
footholds in the cities of Qamishli and Hasaka.
Tensions erupted between pro-government forces and Kurdish
groups in Hasaka on Tuesday, leading to the most significant
violence between the sides since several days of fighting in
Qamishli in April.
Xelil said government forces were bombarding Kurdish districts
of Hasaka with artillery, and there were fierce clashes in the
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war
using a network of activists, said warplanes had targeted
Kurdish security forces' positions in the northwest and
northeast of the city.
(Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
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