Nearly 30,000 Islamic State terror organization fighters and people believed to be their family members have surrendered to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since the start of a final offensive to liberate the remaining IS-held territory in eastern Syria, that Kurdish-led militia said Saturday.
The United States-backed SDF revealed that since the final offensive to expel IS fighters from the town of al-Baghuz and its vicinity a total of 29,600 people have fled the town and surrendered, including "over 5,000 terrorists."
Meanwhile, a total of 520 alleged terrorists have been detained in "special operations", according to the statement, which did not provide further details.
Furthermore, 34,000 civilians who are not the fighters' relatives have been evacuated from the IS's last enclave, where they were used as "human shields" by the extremists, according to the SDF.
The SDF on Feb. 9 announced the start of their "final offensive" against the IS, saying the group's territory consisted only of the towns of al-Baghuz and Baghuz Al-Fawqani
Separately, the SDF said 1,306 extremists have been killed in combat since January and a large number of IS fighters have been wounded, though without providing an exact figure.
A total of 82 SDF troops have been killed and 61 have been injured over the last few months, according to the militia.
Earlier in the day, the SDF reported that at least 32 IS-linked fighters were killed in tense clashes that had broken out over the last 24 hours.
The SDF resumed their final offense to liberate Syria from the IS fighters on March 10, following the expiration of a surrender deadline given to the terror organization's fighters.
The SDF had halted their attacks for weeks to allow civilians and those thought to be family members of IS fighters to leave al-Baghuz.
Kurdish forces have been waging war since September against the last IS strongholds in Deir al-Zour province with the help of the international coalition.
Over the past few months, they have conquered almost all the territory in the province that was formerly dominated by the IS.
At the height of the terror organization's power in late 2014 and early 2015, it controlled a vast swath of territory that stretched from the outskirts of Iraq's capital, Baghdad, to central Syria, including the major cities of Mosul and Raqqa.