Islamic State attack killed at least 75 displaced Syrians

November 5, 2017 | By | Reply More

A car bombing by Daesh (ISIS) killed at least 75 displaced people in eastern Syria, a activist group said Sunday, as the cornered extremists appeared to target fleeing civilians.

islamicSaturday’s attack in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor killed “at least 75 displaced civilians including children” and wounded 140, said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The scale of the attack showed that despite losing vast swathes of territory it held in Iraq and Syria, the group is still capable of mounting deadly attacks.

Abdel Rahman said “a new convoy of displaced people joined the gathering at the time of the attack.”

The displaced had fled battles in the province, where Syrian regime forces and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), are fighting the extremist group in separate offensives.

The Britain-based observatory, which relies on a network of sources on the ground inside Syria for its information, reported Saturday that dozens had died in the bombing.

Fighting across Deir al-Zor province has sent thousands of civilians fleeing for their lives, some straight into the desert.

Syrian and allied forces converged Saturday on holdout Daesh fighters in the border town of Albukamal, the extremists’ very last urban bastion after Russian-backed regime forces seized Deir al-Zor city on Friday.

The extremists, who in 2014 declared a “caliphate” spanning territory in Iraq and Syria roughly the size of Britain, have also lost most of the territory they once controlled in neighboring Iraq, including second city Mosul.

On Friday, Iraqi forces retook the border town of Al-Qaim, also on the Euphrates river.

Aid group Save the Children estimates that some 350,000 people have fled the recent fighting in the oil-rich province, half of them children.

Some of those displaced had sought refuge in a desert area controlled by the SDF, a Kurdish-Arab alliance, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River where the Saturday bombing struck, the Observatory said.

On Oct. 12, a car bombing in the northeastern province of Hasakeh killed at least 18 people, including displaced people and Kurdish security forces, the Observatory said.

The extremists have been repeatedly accused of targeting those attempting to flee during fighting.

The United Nations on Thursday said the group had executed 741 civilians in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, accusing it of “indiscriminate targeting of civilians trying to flee the city.”

The Euphrates Valley border area was the heart of Daesh’s so-called caliphate and is now its last redoubt, where a U.S.-led coalition supporting the military effort said around 1,500 extremist fighters remained.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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