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The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Hundreds of civilians leave the ISIS-controlled enclave east of Euphrates, raising the number of people who gotten out of it to about 12500 since December 2018

Deir Ezzor province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that hundreds of civilians were able to leave today, Thursday, areas of control of the “Islamic State” Organization east of Euphrates, and in the details obtained by the Observatory: more than 1000 persons were able today Thursday in the afternoon to leave the “Islamic State” organization’s-controlled areas, at the east bank of Euphrates River in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, where they were transported by vehicles and cars belong to the Syria Democratic Forces to their controlled areas, raising to 12450, the number of people who have gotten out of the organization’s enclave in December 2018, of different nationalities of Syria, Iraq Russia, Somalia, Philippine and other Asian nationalities, and about 9350 of them have gotten out after the decision of the American president Trump to withdraw from Syria on the 19th of December 2018, also the Syria Democratic Forces managed to arrest more than 500 members of the “Islamic State” Organization, of who infiltrated with the displaced people and fled the “Islamic State” organization’s-controlled areas, the sources confirmed that most of the arrests were carried out after information from the people who got out of the enclave about their infiltration, while others have surrendered themselves after they managed to leave ISIS last enclave.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has not been able yet to obtain information about the number of the remaining civilians within the “Islamic State” organization’s-controlled areas, where the local sources that managed to escape and exit from the enclave, confirmed that the organization is executing those who its arrests during their escape From the area; on charges of “going out to the land of infidel,” while those who went out have risked their lives in order to reach the Syria Democratic Forces’ controlled areas, also the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 19th of December 2018 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the “Islamic State” organization executed 3 members in its last enclave in the eastern sector of Deir Ezzor countryside, on charges of “smuggling civilians” out of ISIS enclave towards areas controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces at the east bank of Euphrates River, and in the same context, it turned out that among the people who managed to escape the enclave of the “Islamic State” Organization towards SDF areas; there were members of the Organization who were identified by civilians, and reliable sources informed the Syrian Observatory on Wednesday that reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that the leadership of the Syria Democratic Forces; intends to terminate the presence of the Organization by the beginning of 2019 in the enclave of East Euphrates, to end the presence of the organization completely as a dominant force in the entire area of east Euphrates, and also to lose its last of its controlled areas within the populated towns and villages, also the sources informed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that the Turkish forces are waiting to the process of eliminating the “Islamic State” organization by the Syria Democratic Forces to end, in order to carry out their military operation which aims to control the areas that used to be controlled by the “Islamic State” organization, which in the past years used to be the most influential within the Syrian territory, and spread on the border between Syria and the Turkish side, from the countryside of Ras al-Ayn to the northern countryside of Aleppo, at several hundred kilometers of length, and the determination of Syria Democratic Forces to terminate the presence of the Organization comes with the start of the new year, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published hours ago that military operation in the east part of Euphrates River in the eastern sector of Deir Ezzor, has been escalating since the American decision to withdraw its military forces from the Syrian territory, on the 19th of December 2018, where the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored since that date until the 26th of the same month, that the Syria Democratic Forces escalated their offensive against the “Islamic State” Organization, which is still losing of its controlled areas and its last enclave in the east Euphrates is getting smaller, and the area is witnessing Turkish threats and a military operation that targets the east Euphrates, and the successive losses of the organization, resulted in the fleeing of thousands of citizens and the organization’s relatives of different nationalities, including the Russian, Somali, Filipino, Iraqi and other Asian and Maghreb nationalities.

And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 30th of December 2018 that it monitored that tens of people were able to escape from the enclave of the “Islamic State” organization on the east bank of Euphrates River, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: about 250 people mostly children and women; came out of the ISIS-control enclave, towards the Syria Democratic Forces-controlled areas, following the escalation of military operations between members of the organization against the Syria Democratic Forces, in areas in the eastern sector of Deir Ezzor countryside, where the Syria Democratic Forces in the recent days were able to clamp down even more than before on the Organization, through controlling al-Bukhatir, Abu Hassan, and most of al-Baghuz al-Tahtani village, and controlling earlier the important town of Hajin, and the advancing in other positions and sites slowly, fearing the fall of large number of casualties as a result of heavily planted mines.

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