RAF Typhoon Op Shader

Hundreds Leave Remaining IS Territory As RAF Continues Airstrikes

Around 500 people are believed to have left the village of Baghuz in eastern Syria.

RAF Typhoon Op Shader

Library image of an RAF Typhoon during Operation Shader (Picture: MOD).

Hundreds of people including fighters from so-called Islamic State (IS) have evacuated the final territory held by the militant group in Syria, as the Royal Air Force continued to carry out airstrikes in the region.

The US-backed force fighting IS in eastern Syria says around 500 have left the village of Baghuz.

The RAF says it has delivered air attacks to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the ground, while conducting daily reconnaissance missions around Baghuz.

An official with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces says a further 200 people are expected to evacuate the village of Baghuz later on Monday.

Dozens of men, women and children climbed hills on foot and were later seen getting into small trucks after they were searched by SDF fighters.

An SDF spokeswoman said the offensive has slowed down but pressure is being kept up away from the evacuation corridor to prevent fighters from infiltrating or sabotaging the area.

Coalition aircraft also remain available to assist the Iraqi security forces as necessary, to prevent Daesh from re-establishing a presence in the country.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: "It won’t be long now until the last piece of territory held by the barbarous Daesh terrorists in eastern Syria is liberated."