IS kill children as hostages freed
ISLAMIC State militants shot and killed two children during a Syrian military operation to liberate a group of hostages who had been held since July, activists have said.
Nashaat Abu Ammar, a resident of Sweida whose wife, two sons and daughter were among those being held by IS, said his eight-year-old 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 told the Associated Press by telephone from Sweida, 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.