People fleeing villages around the Syrian city of Raqqa say that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group has been using civilians as human shields, the Euro News website reports today (March 31, 2017).
One man on the back of a truck said: "They [IS fighters] want to use us as human shields. If there is an area with citizens, they target it; if it is empty, they leave."
Another man said there are about 5,000 civilians on the run from Tabqa and its surrounding villages.
Capture of the area around the Tabqa Dam would be a major strategic advance for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.