Syrian military frees 19 hostages held by IS

Syrian troops liberated 19 women and children held hostage by the Islamic State group since July, ending a months-long crisis, state media reported Thursday.

An opposition war monitor said the release was part of a prisoner exchange.

The SANA news agency said a military operation in the Hamima area east of Palmyra killed all the IS fighters in the area where the hostages were held.

Source: VOV5

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