DAESH KIDNAPS 2,000 CIVILIANS WHILE FLEEING BASTION FROM SYRIA’S MANBEJ
DAMASCUS, – The Daesh militants have kidnapped nearly 2,000 civilians, while evacuating their last position in the northern town of Manbej near Turkey on Friday.
A convoy of 500 vehicles carrying the militants and civilians started leaving Manbej, in the northern countryside of the northern province of Aleppo, towards the town of Jarablus, another town in northern Aleppo, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The Daesh withdrawal comes apparently as part of mediation by local dignitaries, between the Daesh and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which mounted a wide-scale offensive to flush out Daesh from Manbej in June, according to the Observatory.
The UK-based watchdog group said, the deal was not officially declared between both sides, but it could be explained, as it’s impossible for 500 vehicles to leave Manbej without being targeted by the SDF.
Friday marks the end of the Daesh presence in their last pocket in Manbej, the last Daesh position on the Turkish border, activists said, adding that, the town has become almost empty, following the Daesh withdrawal with the civilians.
Meanwhile, the Daesh terror group abducted nearly 2,000 civilians, using them as human shields to secure its withdrawal safely from Manbej towards Jarablus.
Activists said, the terror group opened fire on several civilians who were trying to flee the withdrawing Daesh convoy, activists added.
On Aug 6, the SDF, backed by heavy air cover from the U.S.-led anti-terror coalition, took control over Manbej, save for a few pockets, which remained in the hands of the militants.
Expelling the Daesh from Manbej came two months after the SDF, with the help of the anti-terror coalition, unleashed a wide-scale offensive to dislodge the Daesh from Manbej.
In the process, dozens of civilians were killed in the town, as a result of the coalition air strikes, according to the Observatory.
The SDF, a relatively new rebel alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, said, their aim is to root out the Daesh presence in northern Syria.
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