IS abducts more than 400 civilians in east Syria

Beirut, Jan 17: The Islamic State group abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after capturing new territory in an assault on Syria's eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitor said today.

"After their attack on Deir Ezzor (yesterday), IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh neighbourhood it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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"Those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding they were transported to other areas under IS control.


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