Is­lamic State mil­i­tants abduct scores of civil­ians

Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Local - — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Is­lamic State fight­ers stormed a set­tle­ment for dis­placed peo­ple in eastern Syria and ab­ducted scores of civil­ians in the lat­est at­tack by the ex­trem­ists on civil­ians, a U.S.backed Syr­ian force and a war mon­i­tor said Sat­ur­day. The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said as many as 130 fam­i­lies were ab­ducted.

The area in Syria’s eastern Deir el-Zour prov­ince has been wit­ness­ing days of in­tense clashes be­tween Is­lamic State and U.S.backed Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces. The SDF said the fight­ing Fri­day killed 20 Is­lamic State gun­men and sev­eral SDF fight­ers.

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