In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows women and children who has been liberated from the Islamic State group in the Hamima area east of the historic town of Palmyra, Syria, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Syrian troops have liberated 19 women and children hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in the country's center, ending a crisis that has stunned Syria's Druze minority, state media reported today. (SANA via AP)

2 killed children among liberated Syrian hostages held by IS

November 09, 2018 - 5:05 am

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian father and activists say Islamic State militants shot and killed two children during an operation by the Syrian military to liberate a group of hostages from southern Syria held by the group.

Nashaat Abu Ammar, a resident of Sweida, says his 8-year-old son Raafat was among those shot during the raid to free the hostages who had been held since July. A 13-year-old boy was also killed.

State media reported Thursday that troops liberated 19 women and children held by IS in a military operation in central Syria.

But Abu Ammar and the Suwayda 24 activist collective said 17 hostages arrived in Sweida on Thursday night, along with the bodies of two dead children.

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