ISIS abducts fam­i­lies at camp in east Syria

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ISIS mil­i­tants stormed a camp for dis­placed peo­ple in east­ern Syria and ab­ducted scores of civil­ians, a US-backed Syr­ian force and a war mon­i­tor said yes­ter­day.

The area in Syria’s east­ern Deir Ez­zor prov­ince wit­nessed days of clashes be­tween ISIS and the US-backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces.

The SDF said Fri­day’s fight­ing in the Ha­jin camp left 20 ISIS gun­men dead.

It said the mil­i­tants took civil­ians to the last pocket of ter­ri­tory ISIS con­trols in the re­gion.

The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said as many as 130 fam­i­lies were ab­ducted by the ex­trem­ists on Fri­day. It gave a warn­ing that ISIS might kill them.

The Ob­ser­va­tory said the fam­i­lies are mostly made up of for­eign women, in­clud­ing wi­d­ows of ISIS mem­bers who were killed ear­lier in the Syr­ian war.

Since ISIS lost most of its self-de­clared caliphate in Syria and Iraq over the past two years, the ex­trem­ists have re­sorted to at­tacks on civil­ians to show that they are still ef­fec­tive.

The area of Fri­day’s at­tack is on the edge of the last ter­ri­tory held by the ISIS ex­trem­ists left in Syria. In­tense fight­ing has taken place since Wed­nes­day, amid a sand­storm.

The pro­longed bad weather has also made it dif­fi­cult for in­ter­na­tional forces to carry out air strikes.

ISIS de­scribed a num­ber of at­tacks by “sol­diers of the caliphate” against SDF forces in the Ha­jin area.

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