This picture taken on March 15, 2019 shows a discarded explosive belt in the grass at the remains of an Islamic State (IS) group jihadists' camp near the village of Baghouz in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Suicide bombers attacked an area used by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to screen people surrendering from al-Baghouz on Friday, killing three SDF fighters.
"Daesh terrorists" conducted three simultaneous suicide attacks at a staging ground for people surrendering from Baghouz to the SDF, Mustafa Bali, the head of the SDF Press Office tweeted
on Friday night.
The SDF says the attacks killed six people who were surrendering, wounded others, while killing three SDF fighters and slightly injuring some more.
They also announced that more "Daesh terrorists" from Baghouz had surrendered on Friday.
ISIS is being pounded with US-led international coalition strikes, while simulataneously facing a three-axis ground offensive by the SDF which is supported by the coalition.
They have resorted
to suicide attacks on a nearly hourly basis within the past two days.
The SDF is keeping open a corridor for families to evacuate and militants to surrender. On Thursday, 1,300 people – families and fighters – turned themselves in, Bali tweeted. More than 60,000 people have evacuated the Baghouz area since December, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel also denied
on Friday that it has reached an agreement with Baghdad to hand over
thousands of ISIS militants and family members held in SDF custody.
Baghouz town and its outlying villages lie in Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor governorate near the border with Iraq. The area in the Middle Euphrates River Valley long has been described as the group's "final stand" by senior US military officials.