The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has been holding dozens of Druze women and children hostage since it abducted them from their village in Syria's southern province of Suwayda last week, a monitor says.
“Twenty women and 16 children were kidnapped by” Daesh terrorists “on July 25,” said Rami Abdel-Rahman, the head of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, in a report published on Monday, adding that four of the abductees had already managed to escape from the grips of terrorists to Druze areas.
Two of the kidnapped civilians also lost their lives and “30 others are still in captivity,” further said the head of the UK-based group.
More than 250 people were killed on Wednesday when Daesh terrorists, who lost all of their urban bastions in the Arab country late last year, launched a brutal attack against civilians in rural areas inhabited by the Druze minority.
According to the monitor, at least 36 women and children were kidnapped by terrorists during the attacks. Abdel-Rahman further said that another 17 men from the attacked areas were still unaccounted for, but added that it was unclear whether they had also been abducted.
Some reports say that the abductees were all from the village of al-Shabki, in the eastern hinterlands of the province.
The terror group has not yet claimed the kidnappings and no details on the abductees could be found on its propaganda channels.
Suwayda, which is largely under the control of the Syrian government troops, is home to the Druze minority. The province has been relatively insulated from Syria’s seven-year bloody war launched by foreign-backed militants and terror group against Damascus.
Last week’s attacks were the bloodiest ever seen in the province, as well as some of the deadliest launched by Daesh in the war-torn country.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.
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