Islamic State militants fleeing Manbij with ‘human shields’. Pictures were taken this morning clearly showing hundreds of militants leaving the town. The are using civilian as a human shield to escape the area.
The militants were thought to have gone north, towards the Turkish border.
As it became apparent that the town would fall, some 100 to 200 IS militants gathered members of their families, supporters and civilian hostages, Syrian Army spokesman told the media.
“We had to treat them all as non-combatants. We didn’t shoot. We kept watching.”