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Syrians flee fearing regime attack on IS in south

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A Jordanian soldier holds displaced Syrian child after he arrived for treatment at a Jordanian military medical outpost near the Jordanian-Syrian Joint Border, near Jaber crossing, in the city of Mafraq, Jordan July 4, 2018. Picture taken July 4, 2018.REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed

BEIRUT, July 10 — Several thousand Syrians have fled parts of the country’s south held by an affiliate of the Islamic State group due to fears of a government attack, a monitor said yesterday.

The IS-held pocket in Daraa province’s western countryside is not included in a ceasefire deal agreed last week between rebels and the regime’s ally, Moscow.

That agreement put an end to more than two weeks of heavy bombing of rebel-controlled areas, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday that those living under an IS affiliate feared they were the next target.

“Around 4,000 people including hundreds of women and children fled areas controlled by Jaish Khaled bin Walid in western parts of Daraa, towards the border with the occupied Golan,” the Britain-based monitor said.

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