Druzes hold Syrian flags during a rally in Buq'ata near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights July 27,2018. REUTERS/Ammar Awad
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Syrian regime ally Russia is negotiating with Daesh (ISIS) over the release of Druze women and children kidnapped by the militants, a Druze religious leader said Friday.On July 25, Daesh carried out a series of attacks in the southern province of Swaida that killed more than 250 people, mostly civilians.The militants also abducted 36 Druze women and children from a village in Swaida's east, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based activist group.Jarbua did not detail the demands, but the Observatory says Daesh is seeking the release of militants captured by the regime in the neighboring province of Deraa.Druze, which made up three percent of Syria's population before 2011, are considered Muslim but Daesh see them as heretics.
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