Protesters in Syria’s Daraa rally against Hafez Assad statue

Protesters in Syria’s Daraa rally against Hafez Assad statue

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters resumed their offensive on the last area held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Sunday after days of calm that saw thousands of civilians leave the area.

Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that operations began after the deadline for IS gunmen to surrender expired.

Around sunset, sniper fire was seen coming from IS positions as the SDF pounded the area held by the extremists.

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