Many civilians and family members of IS militants have left the last bastion of jihadists in Syria.
About 2,000 people were taken from the area on trucks, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. The majority were civilians and family members of IS fighters. But also 150 fighters should have been among them.
About 30 trucks of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) left the encircled district of Baghus in eastern Syria. Children were also sitting in the backs, their faces exhausted and dusty. The vehicles initially drove towards an improvised camp of Kurdish fighters.
The Syrian Democratic Forces have reportedly surrounded around 500 IS militants in the village of Baghus on the Euphrates. He is considered the last IS controlled place in Syria. In neighboring Iraq, the Iraqi government had already declared victory over the terrorist militia last year. However, there are still attacks there.
An SDF spokesman said the US-led anti-IS coalition continues to fly air raids on the jihadists‘ hiding places. Already on Tuesday about 30 people had left the area still held by the IS fighters. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, had previously voiced her concern that hundreds of civilians would be abused as human shields.