IS kill two chil­dren as troops free hostages

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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