ISIS defeat looms as hundreds more leave last stronghold in Syria

ISIS defeat looms as hundreds more leave last stronghold in Syria

ISIS militants are desperately fighting to hang on to the last tiny piece of land in eastern Syria, deploying snipers and guided missiles and using dug-out tunnels for surprise attacks.

The Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) comprise the bulk of the SDF.

"A large number of Daesh (IS) jihadists surrendered to our forces among the same group", he added.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said 280 IS fighters were among those that quit the jihadist redoubt since Sunday.

"Everything happens outdoors, there are no houses anymore, everybody lives outside, which is not surprising because we were being bombarded day and night", she said.

The militants were among a wave of people fleeing fighting in the village, near the Iraqi border, which has been pummeled by US-led coalition airstrikes in recent weeks.

The push on IS's last pocket of territory had resumed on Friday after days of mass evacuations, but SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali said on Monday that the operation was hampered by the presence of more civilians in the besieged enclave.

The Kurdish-led force pushed into Baghouz on Saturday.

The woman, who only identified herself as Dorothee, said on Tuesday that she does not want to go back to France and wants "France to leave me alone".

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

"The drone killed my brother-in-law and then the mortar killed my husband", Maquere said.

Among them, ten people "needed urgent medical treatment because of shrapnel or war injuries", the International Relief Committee said. The camp now holds at least 45,000 people, according to Jens Laerke, spokesman of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who said many people had arrived exhausted, hungry and sick.

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

After months under heavy bombardment and sometimes with very little to eat, families emerging from Baghouz are often in poor physical and psychological health.

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The final victory over ISIS in Baghouz would be the end of the almost five-year-long campaign against the Islamic State's territorial domain in Syrian and Iraq.

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

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

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