Those injured and the killed in an attack by self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) on the village of Aqareb, were taken to the Salamieh hospital, on Thursday.

At least 50 people, including women and children, were killed and some 100 more injured following the IS rampage through the village that occurred earlier in the day.

One eyewitness recounted that IS “they sneaked to the houses while people were sleeping; [IS] slaughtered and decapitated them.”

According to state news agency SANA, IS militants attacked homes in Aqareb, killing and beheading civilians and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) fighters. The bloodied bodies could be seen lying in the streets of the village in the aftermath.

SAA said they were able to foil two further attacks in the neighbouring villages of al-Sabbourah and al-Maboujah.

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