BREAKING: Terrorists LAUNCH Attack KILLING At Least 50- Here’s What’s Known

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The ISIS terrorist group attacked several government-held villages in central Syria on Thursday, capturing at least one of them in violence that left 52 people dead including more than two dozen women and children, some of whom were beheaded, as well as Syrian troops, state media, medical officials and an opposition monitoring group said.

The attack in the central Hama province targeted villages where most residents belong to the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam, raising fears the extremists might massacre them, as they have in other minority communities in Syria and Iraq.

The villages are located near the town of Salamiyeh and the highway that links the capital, Damascus, to the northern city of Aleppo.

The attacks come as government forces are on the offensive against the extremists in other parts of Syria, mostly in the northern province of Aleppo and the central Homs region and to the east. U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led forces are meanwhile marching toward the extremists’ de-facto capital of Raqqa, in northern Syria.

State news agency SANA said militants were able to storm homes in the southern part of the Aqareb al-Safi village, adding that government forces repelled them, pushing them back toward the desert.

The head of the National Hospital in Salamiyeh, Dr. Noufal Safar, said the hospital received 52 bodies, including 11 women and 17 children. He said some of them were beheaded and others had their limbs amputated.

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Rami Razzouk, a coroner at the hospital who inspected the bodies, said the children brought in were mostly dismembered, while most of the men died from shelling or heavy machine gun fire.

He said at least nine children were beaten with heavy objects such as bricks or stones on their heads or necks. Razzouk said there were “a couple of children whose heads were fully dismembered because of the beating.”

Two of the children “had most of their limbs removed so they had to be carried in blankets” and two men were shot in the eye, he said. He said 120 people were wounded.

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SANA said the army foiled the attack on Thursday.

The pro-government Sham FM radio placed the death toll of the attack on Akairbat at 30.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Syrian warplanes struck IS positions in central Syria, following the attack.

Sources- Xinhuanet, ABC AND AFF

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