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SYRIAN FAMILIES FLEE ISIS STRONGHOLD

A few years ago, the Islamic State dominated vast swaths of Iraq and Syria, but thanks to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the terror group is now clinging to a tiny piece of land in Bagouz, Syria.  Despite the Islamic State’s losses, the terrorists pose a deadly threat to Syrian civilians in the area.  A spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting the militants told Associated Press that the group is preventing Syrian families from leaving the frontlines of the conflict, closing a corridor from which nearly 40,000 residents have managed to escape since December.  Trapped civilians are risking their lives to leave the last ISIS stronghold.

Some 40 people fled Bagouz in an effort to reach the nearest refugee camp.  The refugees walked dozens of miles in the Syrian desert with no food, water, or shelter.  There they were met by a small group of Christians called the Free Burma Rangers. “There are an unknown number of civilians trapped in Bagouz. ISIS fighters are amongst them and do not let people flee,” David Eubank, founder of The Free Burma Rangers said. “We pray they can all break free.  People are shot as they try to escape and those who got out today said they  were able to bribe a guard and sneak out last night and hid until this morning when they walked to SDF lines.

“We were told you would kill us but we were desperate so we ran away and now we see you help us and are kind and do not kill us.  Thank you, thank you .” The Free Burman Rangers have been working in Syria since 2015. “We feed and give medical treatment and blankets to these families and pray for the others still trapped.  ISIS is in amongst the internally displaced persons so it is hard to rescue them.  The SDF are doing their best to find a solution.  Complicating the issue is that almost all these families are ISIS families and some still believe the ISIS cause is just” Eubank explained.

So we are careful when we meet them and bring them up to the collection point but overall we pray and ask for God’s love to work through us to them,” Eubank went on.  The Christians share Jesus with the refugees and urge those who are loyal to ISIS to turn their backs on the terror group.” We tell them, yes, there are injustices but ISIS will never give you justice.  It is the wrong way.  Ask God for a new way and be thankful you are alive and that the SDF are merciful to you.'” “We pray with them and with the help of the SDF do our best to help them.  The SDF are trying to negotiate to get all the people out of the Bagouz stronghold,” Eubank said.

Source: CBN News