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ISIS fighters offered safe passage out of Deraa in Syria

• https://www.thenational.ae by Richard Hall

Hundreds of ISIS fighters were given safe passage out of their last remaining territory in Deraa on Tuesday, in what local sources said was part of a secret deal for the release of women and children held hostage by the extremists.

Thirty women and children have been held by the group since last Wednesday, when they were kidnapped in an attack on the southern city of Sweida.

Militants stormed the Druze-majority city and its surrounding villages in the early hours of Wednesday, setting off car bombs and murdering civilians in their homes. More than 250 people were killed — 60 of them in the village of Al Shabki, where the women and children were seized.

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