Syrian regime strikes ISIS positions after clashes in country's interior

Syrian regime strikes ISIS positions after clashes in country's interior

Syrian regime strikes ISIS positions after clashes in country's interior

The wife of French jihadist Jean-Michel Clain told AFP Tuesday in Syria that her husband was killed last month after a coalition strike killed his brother Fabien, another notorious jihadist.

Arab and Kurdish paramilitaries under the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces have spent the last several days laying siege to the Islamic State's last strongholds in the Syrian city of Deir-e-Zour.

But despite the slowing, Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that the battle to retake ISIS-held Baghouz "is going to be over soon". Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!

"Tunnels are being laced with IEDs [improvised explosive devices] by [IS], intended for pursuing SDF fighters, and IEDs can slow progress in an offensive assault", Col. Ryan told Syria Direct via email on Tuesday.

With the militants besieged on three sides by the SDF and civilians continuing to leave the pocket, a military defeat of the IS fighters seemed inevitable, though it wasn't clear how many fighters remained in Baghouz.

Fabien Clain was killed in a strike by the USA -led military coalition in Syria in February.

Some 283 prisoners suspected of being affiliated to Daesh have been released by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over the weekend as a gesture of "cooperation, fraternity and clemency", the group said in a statement. They left through a humanitarian corridor established by the Kurdish-led forces for those who want to leave or surrender.

Civilians evacuated from Baghouz wait at a screening area held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria, said artillery fire and air strikes continued into the night.

The UN's humanitarian access agency, UNOCHA, stated that 600 people had arrived at the al-Hol displacement camp on Tuesday morning, bringing the camp's total population to 57,000.

Robert Mardini of the International Committee for the Red Cross said in NY on Monday that the population in the camp has risen from 34,000 at the beginning of December to 45,000 now.

The United Nations has said that of the estimated 13,000 civilians who evacuated Baghuz in the week preceding the SDF offensive, as many as 90 percent of them were women and children under the age of 5.

This latest move comes as fighting continues to take place between SDF forces, flanked by fighter jets from the US-led coalition, and IS militants in eastern Syria.

Syria's war has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.

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