Post link 15 June 2015, 14:50
23:21, 14 JUNE 2015 BY MARTIN BAGOT

Laughing ISIS thugs send terrified Syrian refugees into war zone for use as human shields

The extremists ordered hundreds back from the Turkish border to a town expected to be the scene of a bloody battle with Kurdish forces within days

Laughing jihadists frogmarch desperate and terrified Syrian refugees yards from the Turkish border back to Islamic State-held territory at gunpoint.

The heavily armed extremists laughed and joked as they ordered hundreds of men, women and children to return to a border town expected to be the scene of a bloody battle with approaching Kurdish forces within days.

Around 13,000 people carrying their worldly possessions have fled via the border near Tal Abyad in recent days, but their escape was blocked on Saturday.

Dramatic pictures captured the stand-off between masked terrorists and Turkish soldiers as Syrians, some carrying suitcases, were ordered back. joke: IS fighters round up refugees

Most of the women arriving from the IS-controlled town were clad in black with full face veils and carried white sacks of possessions on their head.

Turkish security sources said around 2,000 people were massed at the Syrian side of the border today.

One security source said: “Islamic State doesn’t want people to flee. They are telling them the coalition forces would bomb the town if the civilians left.” Child is passed over razor wire and border

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the main Syrian-Kurdish fighting force, YPG, is six miles from the strategically important town.

The YPG is considered a moderate, mostly secular ally of the West, having wrestled back hundreds of towns from Islamic State control with the help of US-led air strikes since May.

But Turkey considers it a terrorist organisation due to its links with the Kurdish PKK movement, which has waged an insurgency demanding an independent state in its southeastern region. Stand-off between Turkish forces and militants

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today warned Arabs and ethnic Turkmen were fleeing the advance and Kurds were “being placed into regions that they are evacuating”.

He said: “This is not a good sign, because it means paving the way for a structure which could threaten our border.”

However, SOHR’s founder and director Rami Abdulrahman said that people were not being forcibly evacuated because of their ethnicity.

He added: “There are violations by individuals from the YPG, but not in a systematic way.”
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More than 320,000 people have been killed in the Syrian civil war since 2011 – including at least 11,493 children – with more than 1.5 million wounded.

The US-backed advance has pushed into the jihadists’ Syrian stronghold of Raqqa province, threatening supply lines to their capital, Raqqa city.

Activist group Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently claimed on Twitter that IS had stripped a Tel Abyad hospital of all its equipment and moved it to Raqqa city.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced it would close Tal Abyad’s border gate to Syrians on Friday as “there was no longer any humanitarian tragedy” there.
Gate: Escape into Turkey today

But it was reopened today, with security sources expecting as many as 10,000 people to stream over the border.

Meanwhile, YPG said it was fighting IS at Tel Abyad’s eastern outskirts. Seizing the town would let the group link Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria.

YPG’s Redur Xelil said today: “The road connecting Tel Abyad and Raqqa city is in our firing range.”

It came as US allies conducted 12 air strikes against IS in Iraq and one in Syria at the weekend.

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