ISIL frees 70 abducted Kurdish children in Syria
KONFRONTASI - The ISIL terrorist group has released over 70 Kurdish school children that it had abducted in northern Syria several months ago.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights made the announcement on Tuesday, saying that parents had reported the release of the children, who are believed to be aged between 13 and 15.
The released kids were among 153 school children kidnapped by the ISIL terrorists on May 29 in the province of Aleppo while en route to their hometown of Ain al-Arab.
The Britain-based group, meanwhile, added that five students had succeeded in escaping after the abduction took place and another 37 were freed in batches, including the 10 girls among the group.
The development comes as the Takfiri group still holds around 30 more children. The militants have not offered any immediate details on why they decided to free the 70 additional hostages on Tuesday.
The observatory said the ISIL has refused to free the 30 children as it says they have relatives in a key Kurdish party, which is against the terror group.
Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds, is currently a major battlefield between Kurdish fighters and ISIL militants.
The strategic town, situated on the Syria-Turkey border, is the Syria’s third-largest Kurdish town.
The ISIL Takfiris has laid siege to Ain al-Arab for the past two weeks. The fighting has triggered a mass exodus of residents in the area.
The ISIL terrorists currently control large swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq.[presstv]