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Scores of Civilians, Fighters Depart IS Stronghold in Syria

BEIRUT, Syrian opposition activists say scores of civilians and fighters have evacuated the Islamic State group's last major stronghold in Syria.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says some 2,000 people, including 300 IS gunmen, have left the area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour since Sunday.

The DeirEzzor 24, an activist collective, reported on Monday that dozens of civilians had left the area, which U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have been trying to take since September.

It says that the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led group, captured a local IS commander and his bodyguard.

The extremist group is now besieged in a small area where they have been relying on suicide attacks to stop the advance by SDF fighters.

Source: Voice of America