Islamic State uses detainees as human shields in eastern Syria


Militants of the Islamic State detained by the FSA. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) carried out a campaign of arrests in the city of al-Bukamal in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.

The IS radical group arrested more than 60 former members of the armed opposition, leading them to an unknown destination, Syrian human rights activists reported.

“The IS-held ex-combatants (who were active in the ranks of the opposition armed forces, Islamic Front battalions and al-Nusra Front) were driven forcibly to the battlefront in Deir ez-Zor military airport,” locals told ARA News.

In November 12, 2014, the IS militants executed renowned leaders of al-Nusra Front along with 8 men from the town of al-Bukamal on charges of “fighting against the Islamic State”.

Local sources from the city of Deir ez-Zor told ARA News (under condition of anonymity) that amid the ongoing battles between IS militants and pro-regime forces in the vicinity of the military airport, the Islamic State group is using detainees as human shields. 

“Some of the detainees are being pushed to fight the pro-regime forces in the first frontlines,” the sources added.


Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish

Source: ARA News

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