Is­lamic State at­tack kills nearly 40

Cape Breton Post - - World -

BEIRUT — Is­lamic State mil­i­tants staged a sur­prise at­tack early Tues­day at a cross­ing fre­quently used by Iraqi and Syr­ian civil­ians seek­ing safety in north­east­ern Syria, killing at least 37 peo­ple, mostly civil­ians, Kur­dish of­fi­cials and ac­tivists said. The mil­i­tants struck be­fore dawn af­ter sneak­ing into the vil­lage of Rajm Sleibi, lo­cated along a front line that sep­a­rates the Kur­dish-con­trolled Has­sakeh prov­ince from IS-held ar­eas fur­ther south. Some mil­i­tants re­port­edly blew them­selves up at a Kur­dish check­point while oth­ers at­tacked sleep­ing civil­ians in a nearby tem­po­rary camp shel­ter­ing hun­dreds of dis­placed peo­ple who fled IS-con­trolled ter­ri­tory. The In­ter­na­tional Res­cue Com­mit­tee said thou­sands of peo­ple from the Iraqi city of Mo­sul have trav­elled west to the Sleibi cross­ing since Oc­to­ber, of­ten via smug­glers. In a state­ment, it said sev­eral chil­dren were among the dead and wounded.

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