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Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

FILE- Russian President Vladimir Putin ISIS took 700 hostages, including U.S. citizens, in Syria: Putin
Deanna Wagner | 19 October, 2018, 10:09

Speaking at a conference in Sochi on Thursday, Putin said ISIS seized almost 700 hostages in parts of Syria controlled by USA -backed forces.

"They killed 10 people the day before yesterday", he said.

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"As a result, they took hostages and transported about 130 Arab families to [the city of] Hajin, which is under their control", the source said, according to TASS.

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The TASS news agency reported on Wednesday that IS militants had taken around 700 hostages in Syria's Deir-al Zor province after attacking a refugee camp in an area controlled by US-backed forces on October 13.

Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Putin said the hostages included several US and European nationals, adding that Daesh was expanding its control in territory controlled by USA and US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forces. "They will simply drop dead, won't even have time to repent", Putin said during a session of the Valdai Club in Sochi.

Putin said: "Islamic State terrorists have delivered ultimatums and made certain demands, threatening to shoot ten people every day".

In Washington, the USA military cast doubt on Putin's claims.

"We are also unaware of any U.S. nationals located in that camp", he added.