Hundreds more leave Syria IS holdout: AFP reporter

Hundreds more leave Syria IS holdout: AFP reporter

Hundreds more leave Syria IS holdout: AFP reporter

More than 46 trucks crammed with men, women and children, approached an SDF outpost, 20km north of the jihadist redoubt, AFP reported.

One vehicle was packed with women clad in black and men who covered their faces.

Their accounts of the makeshift camp in Baghouz where the SDF says around 5,000 people remain describe a death trap of disease and starvation.

The evacuees arrived in over 40 trucks used for transporting sheep from Baghouz, where about 300 IS fighters are believed to be holed up with civilians in a dramatic final showdown.

Earlier on Monday, SDF spokesman Mustefa Bali, said thousands remained inside the Daesh pocket.

People coming from Baghouz in recent days have shown more open loyalty to IS than those who left earlier on, according to a volunteer medic at the checkpoint where they are subjected to preliminary security screening.

She was wounded six months ago when a shell crashed into her home in Al-Shaafa, one of the last jihadist bastions taken by the SDF.

"We want it to be over", one of them, 29-year-old Mazloum, told AFP.

"Every time we got to a place, there were airstrikes and we had to leave", she said, explaining she had been on the move from Iraq's Anbar province into Baghouz as IS militants retreated.

Kurdish foreign affairs official Omar did not confirm the transfer, and denied the SDF was responsible.

"The US attitude towards regions of northeastern Syria is clear, and it is contributing to the complete elimination of the terrorist organization", Roebuck said.

Beyond Baghouz, IS still has thousands of fighters and sleeper cells across several countries.

Resident Evil 1, 4, And 0 Are Coming To Switch
Pre-orders start on Feb 28! Far from a spring chicken, the original Resident Evil is almost 23 years old at this point. If you want to play a newer release from the series, you can pick up the Resident Evil 2 remake on Amazon .

In Syria, it retains a presence in the vast Badia desert, and the jihadists have claimed deadly attacks in SDF-held territory.

Thousands of suspected Daesh fighters have attempted to blend in with civilians fleeing the crumbling "caliphate".

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said among the people who left Baghuz on Monday are some 120 members of Islamic State who turned themselves in to SDF.

The SDF screens those exiting at an outpost outside the village in an attempt to weed out potential IS fighters.

The Observatory on Monday said that 1,400 people, mainly IS relatives, were secretly transported from orchards on the outskirts of Baghouz to neighbouring Iraq over the past 24 hours.

The Kurdish foreign affairs official added that worldwide aid organisations were only meeting around five percent of the camp's needs.

He said that the Iraqi authorities will scrutinize all the people who have been received from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The number handed over until now represents just a portion of the "large number" of IS fighters in the custody of the SDF, said officials, who added that the captives include more than 500 Iraqis.

Two Iraqi military sources told Reuters on Sunday that the USA -backed SDF handed over 14 French and six non-Iraqi Arab Islamic detainees last week.

The mass outpouring of men, women and children from the small strip of land has overwhelmed Kurdish-run displacement camps, especially Hol camp.

Bali said the number of people leaving the pocket has been "surprising".

Arrivals of around 7,000 people over the past week have bought al-Hol's population to over 45,000, the International Rescue Committee said.

Recommended News

  • Ontario health-care transformation to be unveiled today

    Ontario health-care transformation to be unveiled today

    This would improve clinical guidance and support for providers and enable better quality care for patients. Elliott said. "We will still need them".
    Wilson-Raybould asks for ‘clarity’ before speaking to justice committee

    Wilson-Raybould asks for ‘clarity’ before speaking to justice committee

    Wilson-Raybould has yet to confirm or deny allegations the prime minister pressured her to cut a deal with SNC-Lavalin. Wilson-Raybould is going to be able to share her perspectives".
    Russia accuses U.S. of preparing military intervention in Venezuela

    Russia accuses U.S. of preparing military intervention in Venezuela

    Mr de Filippos explained: "Remember that next year we will have presidential elections in the US". "Maduro from power", Patrushev said.
  • How Healthcare Providers Can Reduce Insurance Claim Denials

    And, it’s important to account for the time and effort spent by administrative staff handling these denied claims. They also have the potential to adversely affect patients’ opinions about the organization.

    Flaunt Your Style at Your Office with Graceful Jewellery

    This is why it is best to avoid jewellery that will draw unwanted attention and take away the focus from what you are presenting. A delicate diamond ring, a simple platinum or gold band looks great and works well with both Indian as well as western outfits.
    Mike Bibby Accused of Sexual Assault by High School Teacher

    Mike Bibby Accused of Sexual Assault by High School Teacher

    He retired from the National Basketball Association in 2012 and began coaching for Shadow Mountain as an assistant coach in 2013. Harris denied the allegations, saying Bibby "did not participate in a sexual assault of any way, shape or form".
  • Government Proposes Regulating Cross-Border Data Flow in Draft Policy

    Government Proposes Regulating Cross-Border Data Flow in Draft Policy

    The All India Online Vendors Association said in a tweet that the draft covered a lot of issues and made some bold decisions. The new version also strengthens rules pertaining to the foreign direct investment for e-commerce companies.
    Kyle Long reworks Bears contract, will return in 2019

    Kyle Long reworks Bears contract, will return in 2019

    Prior to restructuring, Long's deal with the Bears ran through 2021 with cap hits ranging between $8.5 million and $9.6 million. Long had signed a four-year, $40 million deal in September of 2016, which had an opt-out after the 2018 season.

    Doc Rivers’ classy move made sure Dirk Nowitzki got a proper sendoff

    Mavs owner and billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban also expressed his gratitude for Rivers' gesture. With his Clippers up 121-112 and under 10 seconds remaining, Rivers had his team call timeout.
  • Louth Gardai issue warning to parents over sick 'game' targeting young children

    Louth Gardai issue warning to parents over sick 'game' targeting young children

    A suicide game, which hacks into children's games and television shows online, has made its way to Paris. As you may remember, it was only six months ago that Narcity reported on the Momo Challenge .
    Leicester confirm Brendan Rodgers appointment from Celtic

    Leicester confirm Brendan Rodgers appointment from Celtic

    Rodgers told Celtic's club website: "It has been a real honour to serve the club and its supporters across the past three seasons".
    NASA spacecraft beams back sharpest images of Ultima Thule

    NASA spacecraft beams back sharpest images of Ultima Thule

    New Horizons just snapped more high-resolution images of Ultima Thule and they show the space object's cool surface features. NASA scientists already knew some details about Ultima Thule before now, such as its distinct pancake shape.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.