Fighters from the Islamic State group have killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush in Syria’s northeast, summarily executing most of them after their capture, according to a monitoring group.
The reported deaths on Friday in Raqqa, a stronghold of the Islamic State group, came a day after the self-declared jihadist group launched an assault on the army's 17th Division.
The fighting has left 69 dead on the regime side, including the 50 soldiers, and killed 28 fighters, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported said.
Al Jazeera cannot independently verify the information because of restrictions on reporting from inside Syria.
Media close to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad remained silent on the deaths in Raqqa.
"Some of them were killed in fighting but most of them were beheaded," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Syrian Observatory, told the AFP news agency.
The Islamic State group claimed the toll was as high as 75.
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