Islamic State Frees 270 Civilians Captured in Eastern Syria

January 20, 2016 10:43 AM

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BEIRUT — A Britain-based activist group says the Islamic State has set free 270 people it captured last week during intense fighting with Syrian government forces in the country's east.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Wednesday that 50 more civilians are still held. The freed civilians were released to the village of al-Baghalieh, north of the besieged city of Deir el-Zour.

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