At the late hours of December 1, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that they had evacuated dozens of families from the ISIS-held pocket in the Middle Euphrates River Valley in what they described as “a special operation.”
“In a special operation, our forces managed to liberate dozens of families, mostly children and women, who were used by Daesh [ISIS] Terrorists as human shields,” the SDF media center said in an official press release.
According to the SDF, the civilians were moved to a “safe area” where they received medical treatment and humanitarian aid. The US-backed group has established several refugee camps east of the Euphrates Valley since the beginning of this year.
On November 30, the SDF evacuated dozens of civilians from the ISIS-held towns in the Euphrates Valley in a similar operation.
The evacuation of these civilians is likely a part of the SDF preparations to launch a new attack against the remaining ISIS fighters in the Euphrates Valley. The terrorist group fighters are using the populated areas in the region, such as the town of Hajin, as rear bases for their operations.