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Human rights activists: IS militants executed 700 people in eastern Syria

Human rights activists: IS militants execute 700 people in eastern Syria

There are about 5,000 militants in the area, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces.

The Syrian Human Rights Observatory said on Wednesday that Islamic State militants have executed nearly 700 prisoners in eastern Syria in the past two months..

According to a UK-based human rights organization, these were some 1,350 civilians and soldiers held by IS on the border with Iraq..

Jihadists control a narrowing strip of land east of the Euphrates River, around the city of Hajin, where US-backed forces entered last month.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Kurdish People’s Self-Defense Forces (YPG) have been fighting IS in the area for several months with the support of US aviation and special forces.

SDF commander Mazlum Kobani told Reuters last week that at least 5,000 IS fighters are still in the enclave, including many foreigners who seem ready to fight to the death..

The self-proclaimed Islamic State caliphate collapsed after a series of offensives in Iraq and Syria, but the militants are still active in the desert border region, making guerrilla attacks.

Human rights activists: IS militants execute 700 people in eastern Syria

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