Beirut: The terror organization Islamic State abducted at least 400 civilians after seizing a new territory in a deadly assault on Syria’s eastern city of Deir Ezzor, a monitoring group said on Sunday.
“After their attack on Deir Ezzor (yesterday), IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh neighborhood it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
IS launched attack on Deir Ezzor on Saturday killing at least 85 civilians and 50 regime fighters.
Syria's state news agency SANA said that "around 300 civilians" were killed in the onslaught and denounced it as a "massacre".
The Syrian observatory added that, “those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters.”
The observatory further added that with the latest advance, IS now controls nearly 60 percent area of Deir Ezzor city, which is the capital of oil-rich state of Deir Ezzor and seventh largest city in Syria.