Video emerges of Syrian Alawi civilians paraded in cages by 'moderate' rebels

Published November 2nd, 2015 - 07:27 GMT

"Moderate" rebels operating against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are using their captives as “human shields,” a monitoring group says.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that group calling itself Jaish al-Islam has put captive Syrian soldiers and civilians in metal jails on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus.  

Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based rights group, said that the rebel group placed these cages in public squares in the Eastern Ghouta region in an attempt to "prevent…bombardment" by Syrian forces.

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

The rebels reportedly kept five men and women in each cage.

The conflict in Syria has taken toll on the lives of over 250,000 since March 2011, according to the UN. More than 12 million people, including over 5.6 million children, also remain in need of humanitarian assistance.

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