2,000 more people quit IS Syria pocket: SDF military source

March 6, 2019

DEIR AL-ZOR PROVINCE, Syria (Reuters) – More than 2,000 people were evacuated on Wednesday from Islamic State’s last pocket in eastern Syria at Baghouz, said a military source in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which is besieging the area.

More than 6,500 people were evacuated over the previous 24 hours, including hundreds of surrendering jihadist fighters, a spokesman for the SDF said on Tuesday, after the militia had slowed its assault to let out more civilians.

(Reporting By Rodi Said, writing by Angus McDowall, Editing by Catherine Evans)

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