The United Nations has received reports of Isis executing people perceived as cooperating with rebel fighters in the Deir al-Zor governorate in eastern Syria, a UN human rights boss said on Wednesday, December 5th.
According to Reuters, Michelle Bachelet, speaking to a news conference in Geneva, voiced deep concern for 7,000 civilians who she said were trapped between Isis fighters preventing them from leaving Deir al-Zor and air strikes by the US-led coalition.
“We also have reports of Isis executing people perceived as cooperating with SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) or other parties to the conflict,” she said, adding that civilians were being used as “pawns and bargaining chips” in the conflict.
Isis fighters, retreating from remaining pockets, have positioned themselves in the Euphrates valley near the Iraqi border. They are now surrounded by the SDF, an amalgamation of Arab and Kurdish rebel fighters backed by Washington, from the north, and forces loyal to the Damascus regime from the south.