Offensive launched against scores of besieged Isis fighters after 20,000 civilians evacuated

US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian forces have launched a final push to defeat the Islamic State group in the last tiny pocket the extremists hold in eastern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces spokesman Mustafa Bali tweeted the offensive began on Saturday after more than 20,000 civilians were evacuated from the Isis-held area in the eastern province of Deir el-Zor. An SDF statement said the offensive was focused on the village of Baghuz.

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