2,000 more quit IS Syria pocket

Reuters. Deir Al-Zor | Published at 06:11pm on March 06, 2019

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A fighter of Syrian Democratic Forces fires a weapon in Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria, on March 3, 2019. — Reuters photo

More than 2,000 people were evacuated on Wednesday from Islamic State’s last pocket in eastern Syria at Baghouz, said a military source in the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces which is besieging the area.

More than 6,500 people were evacuated over the previous 24 hours, including hundreds of surrendering jihadist fighters, a spokesperson for the SDF said on Tuesday, after the militia had slowed its assault to let out more civilians.