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In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State continued preparations for an assault on the military airbase, and also executed five men on various charges, including "apostasy." Regime airstrikes targeted the IS in Raqqah. The Al Nusrah Front flogged a man for "insulting the divine" in Idlib. Kurdish YPG fighters battled IS in Hasakah. Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, the al Akrad Front, and rebels clashed with the IS near the al Shahba Dam in Aleppo. Al Nusrah claimed to have captured 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers in Quneitra near the Golan Heights; 32 Philippine peacekeepers were rescued and another 40 Philippine troops escaped "during a ceasefire agreed with the armed elements."
All of the Philippine UN peacekeeping troops in the Golan area that were surrounded by the Al Nusrah Front were rescued after intervention by UN rapid response forces as well as distracting artillery fire by regime forces; Al Nusrah still holds 45 Fijian peacekeeping troops. Al Nusrah claimed that the troops were detained because the UN passed a resolution against the group, and also alleged that the UN colluded with the Assad regime and ignored the shedding of Muslim blood. The Islamic State is said to have sold 300 Yazidi women to its fighters in Syria. The IS also has established a new state called al-Furat straddling the border of Syria and Iraq, which includes al-Bokamal city and al-Qa'em city in Iraq as well as nearby towns in Deir Izzour.
The Islamic State was targeted by regime airstrikes, and clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters in Aleppo; was targeted by regime airstrikes while mobilizing for battle in Deir Izzour, where it also raided the houses of civilians; fought against the YPG in Hasakah, where a Tunisian IS emir is trying to make fighters in Gweran swear allegiance to the IS; and was targeted by regime aircraft in Raqqah, where an explosion was heard at an IS training camp near al Ekershi. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Aleppo, where they were joined by rebels and other Islamic groups; in Damascus; in Reef Dimashq; and in Hama. Al Nusrah said it had detained 43 UN peacekeepers because regime soldiers were being treated at a UN medical facility; the UN is in negotiations for the release of the 44 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers and the lifting of "restrictions" on 72 Philippine peacekeepers who have been surrounded by the militants. Two Hezbollah fighters were killed and six were wounded during clashes in Qalamoun with the Islamic Front and Al Nusrah. The Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Deraa and Idlib.