Syrian Rebels Cage Alawites as Human Shield Against Airstrikes

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A militant rebel group operating close to Damascus has reportedly kidnapped Syrian Alawite civilians to use as human shields against air strikes, by publicly keeping them captive in metal cages.

A militant group opposed to the Syrian government has taken Alawite civilians and government soldiers hostage in cages to protect themselves against air strikes, according to reports from Ghouta, an area close to Damascus.

Photographs show the kidnapped hostages trapped in cages and transported to public places.

#SYRIA Rebels Put #Alawite Women In Rooftop Cages In An Attempt To Deter Airstrikes On EastGhouta #Damascus — Report pic.twitter.com/Ld2If4EtFw

— Terrormonitor.org (@Terror_Monitor) 1. November 2015

Syrian opposition activist poses in front of caged Alawites in Eastern #Ghouta, describes them as “apes” #Syria pic.twitter.com/oRF6gEFqxq

— Nour Samaha (@Nour_Samaha) 1. November 2015

“Moderate rebels” parade caged Alawites around in Ghouta, stating intent to use them as shields against airstrikes. pic.twitter.com/kXbFccWJWg

— Lina Arabi (@LinaArabii) 1. November 2015

Some sources identified the militants as Jaish al-Islam, a powerful opposition group fighting government forces close to Damascus.

The Syrian Sham news network recorded footage of the militants taking caged prisoners through the streets in eastern Ghouta, with the intention of using them as human shields against airstrikes from Syrian government forces, and the Russian air force.

حتى لا نحترق وحدنا وضع العلويين في اقفاص وتوزيعهم على الغوطه الشرقيه حتى لايتم قصف النظام للعائلات في الغوطه https://t.co/4A6OQdH86l

— Bo Thnayan (@bothnayankhaled) 1. November 2015

Sham reported that 100 cages with about seven people in each were being taken to public areas such as marketplaces in eastern Ghouta, from where militants fire rockets into Damascus.

 

 

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