IS destroys Sufi shrines in Syria
The Islamic State now controls large swathes of Syria's northern territory (Image: Screenshot)
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Islamic State militants have demolished several Sufi shrines in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, says a UK-based monitoring group.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that dozens of shrines, tombs, and Shia mosques had been destroyed.
Among the latest destructions were two shrines and two tombs belonging to Sufi Muslims.
The Observatory also said at least eight terrorists were killed and 40 others wounded in an air strike by the Syrian army against a training camp in the western side of the province.
IS militants are fighting to bring the province under full control so as to connect it to the city of Raqqa, their stronghold in the north.
IS controls large swathes of Syria's northern territory. The group sent its members into neighboring Iraq in June and seized large parts of land there in a lightning advance.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with Islamic State terrorists currently controlling parts of it mostly in the east.
More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable “underestimate of the real total number of people killed.”
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