UN: 200 Families Trapped by Islamic State in Syria

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2019-02-19 | Since 3 Month

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

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Some 200 civilian families are trapped in a small area still under the control of the Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday.

IS is reportedly holding a few hundred square meters near the Iraqi border in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, already under heavy fire by the Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

“Many of them [the civilians] ...continue to be subjected to intensified air and ground-based strikes by the US-led Coalition forces and their SDF allies on the ground,” Reuters quoted Bachelet.

Military commanders said earlier this week that the liberation of the last IS-held pocket was a matter of days.

Human rights organizations have previously warned about IS using civilians as human shield to resist the Coalition and SDF attacks.


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