Nineteen hostages rescued from self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) captivity in central Syria, returned home to the southern Syrian city of Sweida on Friday, according to Syrian state media. Fifteen children and four women were welcomed by their relatives. They were freed during a military operation carried out near Palmyra, according to Head of the Russian Centre for... Еще Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria, Vladimir Savchenko. The Russian officer made the announcement in Humeima on Friday. The freed civilians were captured by IS in July in the As-Sweida province.