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Syrian soldier sets fire on April 4, 2016 to an Islamic State (IS) group flag after Syrian troops regained control the previous day of al-Qaryatain, a town in the province of Homs in central Syria. [picture for representation]Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State (Isis) has reportedly executed at least 24 civilians after capturing Buyir village in northern Syria from US backed Kurdish-Arab coalition forces, a monitor group said on Friday (29 July).

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jihadist group has executed 24 civilians in the last 24 hours after taking over the village from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Buyir is located about 10km northwest of Manbij, a strategic waypoint between the Turkish border and Raqqa, which is the de facto capital of IS (Daesh).

Since launching a "fierce assault" on 28 July, IS has taken control of many villages in the countryside northwest of Manbij, the Observatory said.

On 31 May, the SDF supported by US coalition airstrikes, mounted an offensive to recapture Manbij from the terror group. The SDF along with coalition forces were successful in entering the town, but were faced with severe opposition from the militant group who fought back with car bombs and suicide bombers.

Around 280,000 people in Syria have been killed while millions have been displaced in a conflict that has been raging for over five years.

Meanwhile, the Syrian and Russian government have announced to open three humanitarian corridors for civilians and unarmed rebels to flee besieged areas of Aleppo, while a fourth will be created for armed rebels. On the same day, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that he would offer amnesty to rebels who surrendered.