Hundreds of jihadists surrender in Syria

Hundreds of jihadists surrender in Syria

Hundreds of jihadists surrender in Syria

At its peak more than four years ago, the IS proto-state was the size of the United Kingdom and ruled millions of people.

Hundreds of people including IS fighters evacuated their last foothold in eastern Syria hours after us -backed Syrian fighters said they were forced to slow their advance because the extremists are using civilians as human shields.

Officers from the USA -led coalition were seen screening the men who had left the IS-held area to determine if they were militants or civilians.

The Red Cross' UN observer says the weak and fragile services at the al-Hol camp in north-eastern Syria are on "the brink of collapse" because of a flood of civilians and some Islamic State extremists who have left the extremist group's last besieged enclave in Syria.

An SDF spokesperson said the offensive has slowed down but pressure is being kept up away from the corridor to prevent fighters from infiltrating or sabotaging the area.

Some 200 of the jihadists surrendered in Baghouz after a ferocious battle, but around 1,000 may still be holding out, a spokesman for the US-backed Syrian force battling them said on Monday.

The 38-year-old woman describes the situation in Baghouz as a "horror film".

A woman waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces after leaving the ISIS group's last holdout of Baghouz in eastern Syria

Several hundred USA troops will remain in Syria, according to recent reports, though they will be not as engaged in military operations.

The US-backed forces resumed their offensive on Baghouz last Friday, after a two-week pause to allow for the evacuation of civilians. One woman covered in black flashed a victory sign as she left. She said her husband had died earlier.

Loubna said she opted to leave but her husband, a Syrian, made a decision to stay.

The evacuation of 3,000 people from the last ISIS stronghold in Baghouz, a village in eastern Syria, has sparked a humanitarian crisis as Kurdish camps struggle to make room for the displaced.

A member of US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) watches a wounded man climb off of a truck after being evacuated out of the last territory held by Islamic State militants, outside Baghouz, Syria, Monday, March 4, 2019.

It is unclear how many Daesh militants and civilians remain inside, but the number is now likely in the hundreds. The SDF said its fighters were surprised by the number of civilians, who include IS family members, cooped up in the small area that has been squeezed smaller and smaller by intermittent military offensives. There's a particularly challenging issue with fighters from other countries who joined ISIS, and whose home nations now no longer want them back.

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