IS kill two children as troops free hostages
ISLAMIC State militants shot and killed two children during a Syrian military operation to liberate a group of hostages held since July.
Nashaat Abu Ammar, a resident of Sweida whose wife, two sons and daughter were among those being held by IS, said his eight-yearold son Raafat was one of two boys shot dead during the Syrian army raid to free the hostages. A 13-year-old boy, Qusay, was also killed.
“They shot him in his mother’s lap,” Abu Ammar said, his voice breaking with emotion.
State media reported that troops liberated 19 women and children held by IS in a military operation in central Syria, triggering celebrations in Sweida.
“My happiness is huge,” Abu Ammar said then, but his joy was crushed hours later when the hostages arrived in Sweida. Among them was the body of Raafat and his 13-year-old cousin.
His wife appeared very frail, he said, adding that the group was barely fed.
The women and children were among 30 people kidnapped by IS in Sweida on July 25 when militants ambushed residents in the mainly Druze area and went on a killing spree that left at least 216 people dead.