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IS kills dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed dozens of government soldiers it captured after overrunning a military base this week.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the militants seized the soldiers in the countryside near the Tabqa airfield on Wednesday.

Observatory’s director Rami Abdurrahman says the extremists then killed up to 65 soldiers.

He says some were shot to death, while others were killed with knives.

An online statement circulating on Twitter by supporters of the Islamic State group claimed the extremists killed “about 200” government prisoners captured near the Tabqa base. It also showed photographs of what it said were the prisoners: young men stripped down to their underwear marching in the desert.

Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition reports that Assad’s air force bombed IS troops in Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria, Israel Radio reports. It remains unclear how many jihadists are killed in the incident.

Masked gunmen of the Islamic State group shooting seven men kneeling on the ground in front of them, in the aftermath of the group's takeover of the Tabqa air base in Raqqa province, Syria. (photo credit: AP/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)
Masked gunmen of the Islamic State group shooting seven men kneeling on the ground in front of them, in the aftermath of the group’s takeover of the Tabqa air base in Raqqa province, Syria. (photo credit: AP/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group)

AP, Times of Israel staff

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