IS abducts more than 400 civilians in east Syria

The Islamic State group abducted at least 400 civilians including women and children after capturing new territory in an assault on Syria’s eastern city of Deir al-Zor, a monitor said Sunday.

“After their attack on Deir al-Zor (on Saturday), IS abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh suburb it captured and adjacent areas in the northwest of the city,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“Those abducted, all of whom are Sunnis, include women, children and family members of pro-regime fighters,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

They were transported to areas under IS control in the west of Deir al-Zor province and to the border with the Raqa province to the northwest.