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Islamic State 'abducts hundreds of displaced people' in Syria's Deir az-Zour

The SOHR said the abducted are mostly made up of foreign women [Getty]

Date of publication: 13 October, 2018

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The Islamic State group stormed a settlement for displaced people in eastern Syria and abducted scores in the latest attack by the extremists on civilians.

The Islamic State group stormed a settlement for displaced people in eastern Syria and abducted scores in the latest attack by the extremists on civilians.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and a war monitor announced the abductions at the Hajin camp in the eastern Syrian province of Deir az-Zour on Saturday.

The SDF said in a statement that the fighting on Friday in the camp for the displaced left 20 IS gunmen and "several" SDF fighters dead.

The Kurdish dominated force added that IS gunmen seized civilians by force and took them to areas in the last pocket of territory they control in the region.

Deir az-Zour has been witnessing days of intense clashes between IS and the SDF amid bad weather and low visibility.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said as many as 130 families were abducted by the extremists.

The SOHR warned that IS might kill them.

It added that the families are mostly made up of foreign women, including widows of IS members who had been killed earlier in the Syrian war.

Since IS lost most of its self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq over the past two years, the extremists have been resorting to attacks on civilians.

The area of Friday's attack is on the edge of the last pocket held by IS in Syria.

Intense fighting has been ongoing on the area since Wednesday, amid a sandstorm.

Not counting the dead in the camp for the displaced, the SOHR said the fighting in the area in the past three days killed 37 SDF fighters and 58 IS gunmen.

The SDF launched an offensive to regain control of the IS-held pockets of territory last month.

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