URFA – Militants of the Islamic State group (ISIS) on Friday executed six civilians from one family for trying to escape the city of Manbij in northern Syria, activists reported.
ISIS jihadis arrested members of the al-Darj family while trying to flee the war-torn city of Manbij heading to Aleppo.
“They were executed by firing squad in front of hundreds of Manbij residents. There were two children among the victims,” local media activist Nasser Taljbini told ARA News.
“By executing the family in public, the ISIS radical group was trying to deliver a message to all civilians who are still residing the city of Manbij, threatening anyone who would leave to face a similar fate,” Taljbini said.
ISIS has been using civilians as human shields in the military operations in Manbij, local sources told ARA News.
This comes amid continued clashes between the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS militants in the vicinity of Manbij city.
The SDF is trying to close the 98-km border pocket of Manbij that has been used by ISIS for years to move its jihadis in and out of Syria.
Reporting by: Jan Nasro
Source: ARA News
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