Monitor: ISIS Terrorists Free 270 Abductees in Deir ez-Zor in Syria

Monitor: ISIS Terrorists Free 270 Abductees in Deir ez-Zor in Syria
Wed Jan 20, 2016 13:50:10

A monitoring group says the Takfiri terrorist group of ISIS has released 270 of more than 400 civilians it had abducted during an assault on the eastern Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said the abductees were released on Tuesday, adding that they included women, children under 14 years of age, and elderly individuals.

All of the abductees, who had been kidnapped from the city’s al-Baghaliyeh neighborhood last Saturday, are Sunni Muslims, including the families of pro-government forces.

The monitor said the releases took place after the group ascertained that the 270 did not have ties with the Syrian government.

“They will not go back into Deir ez-Zor city, but will be spread out among local tribes in the province,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the SOHR.

After the mass kidnapping, ISIS terrorists kept up their attacks on the city, killing some 300 civilians.

Deir ez-Zor, where 70 percent of the residents are women and children, has been effectively under siege by the terror group since early 2015.

“People are afraid, the situation is very difficult,” Attiyeh, a local resident, told AFP, adding, “Food and vegetables are rare, and we’re starting to have problems with bread.”

Over 260,000 people have reportedly been killed in Syria since a foreign-backed militancy erupted there in March 2011, Presstv reported.


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