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IS Terrorists Attack Refugee Camp In Syria, Take 700 People Hostage - Russian Military

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Tuesday, 16 October, 2018, 00:20
IS Terrorists Attack Refugee Camp In Syria, Take 700 People Hostage - Russian Military

Militants from the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) have attacked a refugee camp in Syria's town of Al-Bahra and captured 130 families totaling 700 people, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Savchenko, head of the RussianCenter for Syrian reconciliation, said Monday.

"Taking advantage of complete impunity, the IS militantsattacked a refugee camp in the Al-Bahra area on October13, capturing 130 families of about 700 people, and transporting them to Hajin," Savchenko said at a newsbriefing.

The general stressed that the abducted civilians were de-facto taken hostage and could be used by terrorists as a "human shield" to protect the militants from the possible attack by the SyrianDemocratic Forces (SDF) advancing towards the last IS-occupied areas on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.