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Syrians displaced from Manbij recount horror

Following the Syrian Democratic Forces' announcement of the battle to restore the city of Manbij, the number of displaced from the IS-controlled areas continues to increase.
Syrian families, who fled the assault launched by Arab and Kurdish forces against Islamic State (IS) group fighters in the town of Manbij, arrive at an encampment on the outskirts of the town, 20km away from the center, on June 4, 2016.  
Arab and Kurdish fighters backed by Washington have launched an assault on the strategic Manbij pocket further up the Euphrates on the Turkish border, regarded as a key entry point for foreign jihadists.
The Syrian Democratic Forces's offensive against the Manbij pocket is
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GAZIANTEP, Turkey — Residents of Manbij, in Aleppo's countryside, tell of heinous crimes and difficult living conditions at the hands of Islamic State (IS) fighters. The residents say that the number of people who are stuck in IS-controlled areas and who wish to escape is much larger than those who managed to flee.

Hussein al-Awad is one of those who fled and recently made it to the Aleppo Road, located south of the city and currently under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). He told Al-Monitor about his older brother Abdullah who decided to leave Manbij, where fierce battles have been taking place since May 31, accompanied by their neighbor Abdulaziz Abu Ahmed. On July 1, they took a side road in order to reach the area controlled by the SDF.

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