Syria war: Army frees 19 IS hostages – state media

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Syria’s state media have launched photos of what they are saying are the launched hostages

The Syrian military has freed 19 girls and kids held hostage since July by so-called Islamic State, state media say.

They are saying the captives have been rescued when troops launched an operation north-east of the desert metropolis of Palmyra.

The hostages have been seized throughout an IS assault within the southern Suweida area. Greater than 200 folks have been killed.

Suweida is a stronghold of the Druze non secular minority, and the captives have been drawn from this group.

Thursday’s stories within the state media haven’t been independently confirmed.

There have been initially greater than 30 hostages. Six have been freed final month, others escaped and not less than one was reportedly killed by IS militants.

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The Druze are the third-largest non secular minority in Syria and are thought-about to be heretics by IS jihadists.

Over the previous yr, IS fighters have misplaced many of the land they as soon as held throughout Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

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On the peak of the group’s energy, about 10 million folks lived in IS-controlled areas, however the US army stated earlier this yr that the jihadists had been ousted from 98% of their former territory.

In Syria, the group continues to be current in small pockets within the south and east.

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