65 bodies of civilians found in Syrian town taken from ISIS

A general view shows a heavily damaged road in the recently retaken desert town of Al-Qaryatain on October 22, 2017. Al-Qaryatain was a symbol of religious coexistence before the civil war broke out in 2011, with some 900 Christians among its population of 30,000. / AFP PHOTO / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIRUT  — Syrian activists are reporting that at least 65 bodies of civilians have been found in a central town retaken by government forces from the Islamic State group. Most of the victims are believed to have been killed by ISIS.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the number of those killed is Qaryatayn, in central Homs province, is likely to rise.

The Observatory says most of the dead were killed during the militant group’s three-week seizure of the town. Syrian troops and allied fighters regained control of the town on Saturday.

The activist-run Palmyra Coordination Committee has published the names of the killed. It says at least 35 of the victims were found shot and their bodies dumped in a shaft.

ISIS has suffered major setbacks in recent months.