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Putin says the Islamic State seized 700 hostages in Syria



SOCHI, RUSSIA (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that IS fighters had confiscated nearly 700 hostages in parts of Syria controlled by US-backed forces and executed some of them, promising to do more kill.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending a signing ceremony following a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia on 1

7 October 2018. Pavel Golovkin / Pool via REUTERS

In the Black Sea In the resort town of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several US and European nationals, adding that the Islamic State is extending its control on the left bank of the Euphrates, which is supported by the USA and the USA.

Putin did not specify what the fighters' demands were.

"They have issued ultimatums and specific demands, warning that if these ultimatums are not met, they will execute 10 people every day, and the day before yesterday they executed ten people," Putin told the Valdai Discussion Forum in Sochi.

The TASS news agency reported Wednesday that IS militia in the Syrian province of Deir-al-Zor had taken around 700 hostages after attacking a refugee camp in a US-controlled area on 13 October.

TASS said the militants abducted around 130 families and took them to Hajin City.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov in Sochi; Additional coverage by Polina Devitt in Moscow; Letter from Tom Balmforth; Edited by Andrew Osborn

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