The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will resume its attack on the last ISIS stronghold in the middle Euphrates River Valley, if no more civilians or fighters emerge by Saturday, the group’s spokesman Mustafa Bali told Reuters on Friday.
Bali claimed that nobody had come out of the terrorist group’s territory since Thursday. However, a new report by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that 1050 people, including 90 terrorists, were evacuated in the last 24 hours.
The UK-backed monitoring group also revealed that the SDF and its main backer, the US-led coalition, are still striking the last ISIS positions north of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani.
The SDF resumed its attack on the ISIS-held pocket north of the town of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani in the beginning of this month. However, the ground attack was halted few days later as more and more civilians began to emerge from the terrorist group’s territory.
According to the available information, the remaining ISIS fighters are currently hiding inside a complex network of tunnels. The terrorist group had forced captives and civilians to dug the tunnels in the outskirt of al-Baghuz al-Fawqani prior to the SDF attack.
- SDF Frees Multiple Yazidis, Shiite Children From ISIS As Evacuation Of Civilians From ISIS-held Pocket Continues (Videos)