Around 40,000 civilians have left the last shred of territory controlled by Islamic State in Syria, an official with the US-backed force trying to defeat the jihadists said on Wednesday, surpassing initial estimates and delaying a final assault.
US-backed forces in eastern Syria on Tuesday screened and treated truckloads of suspected jihadists and relatives who left a village where the Islamic State group's "caliphate" is making its last stand.
US-backed fighters trucked out civilians from the last speck of the Islamic State group's dying "caliphate" in Syria on Friday, eager to press on with the battle to crush the jihadists.
Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where US-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
US-backed fighters appeared closer to capturing Islamic State's last pocket in eastern Syria on Tuesday, a victory that would bring the jihadists' self-proclaimed caliphate to a bloody end.
The ferocious battle for the Islamic State group's last bastion in eastern Syria entered its fifth day on Wednesday, as exhausted families left the ever-shrinking scrap of land where holdout jihadists have been boxed in by Kurdish-led forces.
Kurdish-led fighters overran the last village held by the Islamic State group in Syria on Wednesday, confining its once vast cross-border "caliphate" to two small hamlets, a war monitor said.