Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) carried out a campaign of arrests in the city of al-Bukamal in the countryside of Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria.
The IS radical group arrested more than 60 former members of the armed opposition, leading them to an unknown destination, Syrian human rights activists reported.
“The IS-held ex-combatants (who were active in the ranks of the opposition armed forces, Islamic Front battalions and al-Nusra Front) were driven forcibly to the battlefront in Deir ez-Zor military airport,” locals told ARA News.
In November 12, 2014, the IS militants executed renowned leaders of al-Nusra Front along with 8 men from the town of al-Bukamal on charges of “fighting against the Islamic State”.
Local sources from the city of Deir ez-Zor told ARA News (under condition of anonymity) that amid the ongoing battles between IS militants and pro-regime forces in the vicinity of the military airport, the Islamic State group is using detainees as human shields.
“Some of the detainees are being pushed to fight the pro-regime forces in the first frontlines,” the sources added.
Reporting by: Mohammed Darwish
Source: ARA News
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