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Six Druze civilian hostages freed 3 months after abduction by Daesh in Syria

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows a Syrian woman along with her four children after being freed from the grips of Daesh, some three months after being kidnapped by the Takfiri terrorist group during a raid in the southern province of Sweida, Syria, October 20, 2018. (Photo by SANA)

Two women and four children of the Druze minority have been freed from the grips of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group some three months after they were kidnapped by the terror outfit in Syria’s southern province of Sweida.

Syria's official SANA news agency, citing Sweida Governor Amer al-Ashi, reported on Saturday that a woman and a mother with her four children, all from Druze al-Shabki village, had been freed from the clutches of Takfiri terrorists thanks to the efforts exerted by the authorities concerned.

The governor also said that “upon directives of President Bashar al-Assad on hunting down terrorist organizations, our armed forces and the affiliated security apparatus tracked the remnants of terrorists in the depth of Sweida, in eastern Badiya.”   

Badiya refers to the vast desert stretching from central parts of the Arab country to its eastern border with Iraq, and where Daesh terrorists still hold some small and isolated territory.

On July 15, Daesh terrorists, who lost all of their urban bastions in the Arab country late last year, launched a brutal attack on the rural areas of the province, killing more than 250 people, who were members of the Druze minority. The attacks were the bloodiest ever seen in the province, as well as some of the deadliest launched by Daesh in the war-torn country.

Terrorists also abducted 36 women and children during the raid. Four of the abductees managed to escape from the grips of terrorists, but two of them lost their lives. Furthermore, one woman died in Daesh custody while another was shot dead.

Sweida, 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.

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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