Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) has reportedly taken hundreds of government workers as hostages while on their way returning home in Syria’s southern province of Damascus, local and official sources reported.
“ISIS terrorists have captured more than 300 government workers while on their way back home in the city of Dumair near Syria’s capital Damascus,” Ministry of Industry in the Syrian government said on Thursday.
The abductees were working in a governmental cement plant in the Dumair city, according to the ministry.
“Communication was cut with the kidnapped workers since Thursday’s afternoon; however, efforts continue for their liberation from the terror group,” Syrian state agency SANA reported, citing sources in the ministry.
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Speaking to ARA News in Damascus, media activist Adnan al-Shami confirmed that two ISIS-led cars were seen by locals, carrying the abductees inside, heading towards the eastern Ghouta of Damascus.
“ISIS has likely transferred the hostages to Tel Dakwa area in the eastern Ghouta,” eyewitnesses told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity. “This happened before the eyes of the Syrian army forces stationed near Ghouta.”
“The Syrian authorities have been exploiting every single issue and event for their advantage, manipulating the presence of terrorist groups inside the country politically and militarily,” al-Shami argued. “Since the start of the anti-Assad uprising in 2011, Syrian regime has been showing itself as the sole protector of Syrian people and the first defense line in the face radical groups. However, the incidents have shown otherwise.”
Over the past few months, ISIS’s power has remarkably declined, especially after receiving painful blows by the US-led coalition forces and Russian air forces. ISIS strives to compensate its losses through storming Damascus, especially after it was expelled from the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria subsequent to fierce clashes with the pro-regime forcesــ supported by a Russian air cover.
Source: ARA News