IS kill chil­dren as hostages freed

Western Mail - - UK&WORLD NEWS -

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.

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