Families of pro-gov't fighters were reportedly among those abducted
ISIL militants kidnapped at least 400 civilians
when they attacked government-held areas in the eastern Syrian city of Deir
Al Zor on Saturday, a monitoring group said.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday families of pro-government
fighters were among those abducted.
is genuine fear for their lives, there is a fear that the group might execute
them as it has done before in other areas," said the Observatory's head
Al Zor is the main town in a province of the same name. The province links
ISIL's de facto capital in the Syrian city of Raqqa with territory
controlled by the militant group in neighbouring Iraq.
state news agency SANA said earlier that at least 300 people, including women
and children, had been killed during the attacks in Deir Al Zor, but it made no
mention of people getting kidnapped.
government condemned the killings which it described as a "horrific
massacre against the residents of Begayliya in Deir Al Zor".
source close to the Syrian government side said on Saturday that some of those
killed had been beheaded.
was unable to independently verify the reports.
ISIL has previously carried out mass killings following military assaults in
Iraq and Syria, including the slaughter of 200 soldiers captured from the Tabqa
airbase in Raqqa province, and hundreds of members of the Al Sheitat tribe in
Deir Al Zor in 2014.
group, in control of most of Deir Al Zor province, has laid siege since March
on remaining government-held areas in the city of Deir Al Zor.
are facing severe food shortages and sharply deteriorating conditions. Of those
under siege in the city, 70 percent are women and children, and many have been
displaced from their homes elsewhere and are living in temporary shelters.
When is this going to end?