Some 36 civilians were kidnapped by Daesh from the Druze-majority province of Sweida in southern Syria during five days ago, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced yesterday.
On Wednesday, a string of suicide attacks and shootings claimed by Daesh hit Sweida and left more than 250 people dead in the provincial capital and nearby villages. Most of those killed were civilians.
According to the local network Sweida24, the kidnapped Syrians included women and children and were from the village of Al-Shabki in the Sweida province.
Sweida, which is mainly government-held and populated with members of Syria’s Druze minority, had been largely safe from the conflict raging in the rest of the country since 2011.