Syrian Rebels Are Using Caged Captives As Human Shields

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    BEIRUT (AFP) –  A major Syrian rebel group is using dozens of captives in metal cages as “human shields” in the largest opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, a monitor said Sunday.

    Jaish al-Islam, regarded as the most powerful rebel group near the capital, has put regime soldiers and Alawite civilians it was holding in metal cages, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.

    The group then placed these cages in public squares in the Eastern Ghouta region in an attempt to “prevent regime bombardment”, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

    “Jaish al-Islam is using these captives and kidnapped people — including whole families — as human shields,” he said.

    Government forces regularly bombard the Eastern Ghouta area, from where rebel groups fire rockets into the capital.

    On Friday, at least 70 people were killed and 550 wounded in regime bombardment of Douma, a large town in the area.

    A video published by opposition news outlet Shaam Network showed cages of men and women, about five people in each, being transported on the backs of three lorries through war-ravaged streets as young children rode by on bicycles.

    Speaking to camera, both men and women asked government forces to stop shelling Eastern Ghouta.

    “Your women are our women. If you want to kill my mother, you will kill them too,” a dark-eyed teenage boy said outside one of the trucks.

    Abdel Rahman said most of the civilians were kidnapped by Jaish al-Islam two years ago outside Adra al-Ummaliyah, a regime-held neighbourhood in Eastern Ghouta.

    A Jaish al-Islam spokesman was not reachable for comment.

    Both regime forces and rebel groups have been criticised by rights groups for indiscriminate attacks on civilians in Syria’s war, which has killed more than 250,000 people since it began in March 2011.

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    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Please ban this molester, who stuck this garbage on me five times.

    • durand cornish

      WOW !!!!!!!!!!!! The terrorists that the US support are doing what the US and it’s shabby allies accuse the people of IS of doing? Amazing. And are their TRASH ally, the Saudi TRASH still beheading people in arenas, and forcing their citizens to watch? Isn’t that why the impotent and has-been, self-important US declariing war on Islam about, in the 1st place. It seems like the Kingdom of ALL Lies and Liars, the once-great US is supporting the exact same actions of their ‘enemies’, and TRYING to appear as pure of heart and valiant. Does it occur to them that the US is so full of bull-manure that they couldn’t appear honest, regardless of whatever happens to them, and that will be plenty the very hour one shot is fired at any Russian troops. It’s over, already, US. You just don’t know how badly yet.

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        The integrity of the Empire’s Government is sold both to Saudi oil and Zionist money.

    • Ntaate Samuel

      is it Rebels or Terrorists? no I think its Terrorist found of such moves

    • SeaNote

      This article makes an excellent point. All Arabs are despicable and degenerate.

      • TecumsehUnfaced

        You make a much better and accurate point that bigots like you are “despicable and degenerate,”

    • gtrmen

      If Assad kills his own people as the propaganda tells us why would people in cages be a deterrent. Now you see the lies.

    • Roland P

      Hussain Obama’s CIA Terrorists are using tactics employed by the CIA for decades. Didn’t Saddam Hussain do this??? So Obama’s Terrorists are no better than Saddam Hussain means Hussain Obama is no better than Saddam Hussain!

    • TecumsehUnfaced

      Why wouldn’t these terrorists do stuff like this? Why would their morality be any better than those for whom they serve as proxy?