More than 400 abducted by ISIS in east Syria

The terrorists stormed the city of Deir Ezzor on Saturday, killing over 280 people, mostly women and children, and tossing their bodies in the Euphrates River

Beirut: The Islamic State group abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after capturing new territory in an assault on Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

Men inspect a damaged vehicle in the rubble at Aleppo, Syria, on Jan 16. pic/afp
Men inspect a damaged vehicle in the rubble at Aleppo, Syria, on Jan 16. Pic/AFP

"After their attack on Deir Ezzor (yesterday), ISIS abducted at least 400 civilians from the Al-Baghaliyeh neighbourhood it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said, adding they were transported to other areas under IS control.

The attack on the neighbourhood was carried out with suicide bombers blowing themselves up at positions manned by government forces.

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