Daesh frees captured Manbij civilians in Syria

Published August 13th, 2016 - 01:00 GMT
US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advance into the Islamic State group bastion of Manbij, in northern Syria, in June 2016. (AFP/File)
US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters advance into the Islamic State group bastion of Manbij, in northern Syria, in June 2016. (AFP/File)

Daesh fighters have released most of the civilians they took with them while retreating from the northern Syrian city of Manbij, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told dpa on Saturday.

The civilians were released in an Daesh-controlled territory outside Manbij and near the town of Jarabulus on the border with Turkey, Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.

Kurdish-led forces who gained full control of Manbij on Friday had said that the last remaining jihadists had abducted 2,000 civilians while retreating towards Jarabulus.

The Democratic Forces of Syria (DFS), a US-backed alliance led by the Kurdish People's Protection Units and including fighters from Arab and other ethnicities, declared Minbij "liberated" after a campaign of more than two months.

The fall of Manbij, near the often porous border with Turkey, is likely to have a major impact on Daesh's ability to bring supplies and fighters to its de facto Syrian capital of al-Raqqa and its remaining territories in Syria and Iraq.


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