ISIS fighters Massacre ‘up to 300’ people in Syria

18 Jan, 2016 12:57 pm

DEIR AL-ZOR (92 News) – Islamic State terrorists have on Monday slaughtered at least 300 people in an ‘appalling massacre’ committed in the eastern city of Deir al-Zour in daylong attacks that saw the extremists make significant advances in the contested region.

After their attack on Deir Ezzor yesterday, IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh suburb it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city. ‘Those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters,’ Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

They were transported to areas under ISIS control in the west of Deir Ezzor province and to the border with the Raqqa province to the northwest. The IS attack on Deir Ezzor on Saturday killed at least 85 civilians and 50 regime forces, the monitor said.

ISIS controls most of the province and provincial capital with the same name, while the Syrian government controls a few neighborhoods in the northern part of the city and the adjacent military airport. Most of the casualties took place in the area of Baghalijeh near the northern tip of the city

The ISIS-affiliated Aamaq news agency had reported a large-scale multi-pronged attack on Deir el-Zour that began with a suicide bombing. Opposition activists said Russian warplanes were carrying out intensive airstrikes in support of government forces in the area.

The government-held areas of the eastern Syrian city have been under siege by ISIS forces for over a year and more than 200,000 people there are living in horrid conditions and lack food and medicine.

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