First Published: 2017-09-14

Evacuated IS fighters reach Syria's Deir al-Zor
Syrian army commander says buses carrying evacuated IS fighters reaches jihadist territory in Deir Ezzor after IS released Hezbollah prisoner.
Middle East Online

BEIRUT - Buses carrying evacuated Islamic State fighters reached jihadist territory in Syria's Deir Ezzor on Wednesday after IS released a Hezbollah prisoner, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of Damascus told Reuters.

Damascus and Lebanon’s Hezbollah allowed a convoy of nearly 300 militants and 300 relatives to evacuate an enclave at the Syria-Lebanon border after an offensive there last month.

A US-led coalition temporarily stopped the buses from reaching Deir Ezzor and the convoy split in two. It was unclear if all the buses arrived in Islamic State territory on Wednesday.

 

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