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DAMASCUS ــ Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) have reportedly killed scores of workers who were captured at a cement factory located to the east of Syria’s capital Damascus, activists reported on Sunday.
This comes after the Syrian state agency SANA reported that 300 workers from the governmental cement factory, near the city of Dumair eastern Damascus, had been kidnapped and that efforts continue to free them from the radical group.
Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, rights activist Jamal Dumani said that ISIS has executed around 150 abductees who were captured in the area to the north-east of Abu al-Shamat in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.
The hardline group reportedly abducted the employees after an ISIS-led offensive on Monday near Dumair city.
On the other hand, pro-ISIS media sources reported that the group has released nearly 300 workers subsequent to its control over the Sin factory in the eastern Qalamoun.
“Islamic State’s fighters have freed around 300 hostages, but there remain some 20 members of the pro-Assad People’s Committees militia along with four others from the Druze religious group,” ISIS-linked Amaq agency reported.
“The whole Assad’s thugs, including the Druze group members, were executed,” it added.
“The international community must bear its responsibilities to contribute to the liberation of the innocent civilian workers from the most brutal group in the world,” Syrian journalist Ahmad Salim told ARA News, pointing out that the abductees are not involved in any military conflict in the country.
In January, the group kidnapped more than 380 civilians, including women and children, in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor province, whose fate remains unknown.
Last year, ISIS had abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians from the areas surrounding Tel Temir town in Hasakah province, northeast Syria. However, many of them have been released through tribal mediators.
Reporting by: Jenny Jouniyeh
Source: ARA News