Nearly 5,000 people left the last IS fortress in Syria


About 5,000 people, including about 500 fighters from the Islamic State Jihadist group (IS), left the last stronghold of IS in eastern Syria since Monday, where the jihadist group continues to lose ground, said a NGOs.

"About 4,900 people, mostly women and children, including 470 jihadists, left Monday from the last IS area of ​​the Deir Ezzor province, and 3,500 of them left the sector Tuesday," the director said. 39; AFP. of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (OSDH), Rami Abdel Rahman.

Most civilians are members of jihadist families, according to OSDH. They were evacuated aboard dozens of trucks hired by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an Arab-Kurdish alliance that fights against ISIS, while "others have left the area with their personal vehicles ", according to Abdel Rahman.

The vehicles and trucks went to SDS-controlled areas in the Deir Ezzor province, where IS controls an area now limited to 10 square kilometers, according to OSDH.

The SDS, dominated by Kurdish fighters and supported by the international anti-jihadist coalition led by the United States, has conducted a major offensive since September to expel the jihadists from their last enclave in eastern Syria. Evacuate civilians and fighters who surrender to the final assault.

The FDS has managed in recent weeks to reconquer various cities and villages controlled by the IS, such as Hayin, Susa and Al Shaafa.

With this evacuation, there are already nearly 27,000 people who left the stronghold of EI from the beginning of December, including 1,800 jihadists who turned their weapons, according to OSDH.

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