ISIS has been cornered in a pocket of southern Daraa province following clashes between Syrian regime forces and the militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, which also confirmed that the terrorist group was routed in the Yarmouk Basin.
Tuesday afternoon's violence came amid talks between the regime and ISIS to release about 30 Druze women and children it kidnapped last week as a bargaining chip, demanding its fighters be allowed to evacuate to their stronghold in the Badiya, the Observatory said.
The Badiya refers to the vast desert stretching from central Syria to the eastern border with Iraq, and where ISIS still holds territory.
ISIS abducted the civilians from a remote village in Sweida, a province directly east of Daraa, during a deadly rampage on July 25 that left more than 250 people dead.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the killings but has made no mention of the kidnappings on its propaganda channels.
However, a video published by local news outlets appeared to show one of the female hostages demanding Syria's regime halt its assault on the ISIS-held part of Daraa.
In Daraa, nearly 100 militants are surrounded in their last redoubt, the Observatory said, with the regime and its Russia targeting it with air raids.
"Army units are carrying out fierce fighting in the last pockets of the ISIS terrorist group" in a village in the area, Syrian state television reported.
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