At least 25 Islamic State (ISIS) militants and their families have surrendered to to the US-backed Kurdish forces in eastern Deir ez-Zor province, local activists said Saturday.

The militants agreed to lay down their arms, in a rare move by the hardliner militants.

Ten women and children were taken to a female detention center, according to activist Taj al-Allow

The YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have seven prisons in eastern Syria where about 1000 ISIS fighters are behind bars.

The SDF, which the Kurdish YPG militia spearheads, has been the main partner of the US-led coalition against ISIS in Syria, helping drive the jihadists out of swathes of northern and eastern Syria last year.

ISIS lost most of its territory in Syria last year, but retained some remote desert areas and has attacked the army and allied forces in recent weeks. 

On Friday, ISIS fighters attacked a regime bastion east of Deir ez-Zor city, killing and wounding dozens, Amaq reported.

The group’s news agency said five ‘Inghimasi’ fighters, or infiltrators, had attacked an army checkpoint in al-Hasarat village north of Albu Kamal city. One of them has been killed.

Daesh launched another attack on regime forces using explosives in the Syrian desert, known as Badiya.

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