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ICC Note: According to reports, dozens of workers from a cement factory in Syria were abducted by ISIS on April 4. The estimated number of captives varies greatly, but the factory administrator estimated that there were approximately 250 people taken. Locals report that the location of the victims is unknown and family members have not been able to get in contact with the victims.

04/07/2016 Syria (BBC) – Dozens of people are reported missing in the wake of an attack by the so-called Islamic State (IS) on a cement factory east of Damascus.

Workers were reportedly taken from a dormitory where they were staying on the outskirts of the town of Dumeir.

A factory administrator said no-one had been able to contact the workers since the assault on Monday.

The area around Dumeir has seen fierce fighting between government forces and IS in recent days.

The workers were employed at the Badiyah factory, just outside Dumeir, about 25 miles (40km) from the capital.

There are conflicting reports as to the number of those who are missing.

UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said “dozens” of staff were believed to have been taken by IS to an unknown location.

The factory administrator put the number at 250, while rebel sources said it did not exceed 200.

A local resident told AFP news agency: “We haven’t been able to reach our family members since noon on Monday after an attack by Daesh [IS] on the factory.

“We have no information about where they are,” they added.

Efforts are under way to secure the workers’ release, with indirect contacts said to have been made.

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