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Syria: Raqqa's displaced people describe twin horrors of IS-rule and coalition airstrikes *EXCLUSIVE*02:51

Syria: Raqqa's displaced people describe twin horrors of IS-rule and coalition airstrikes *EXCLUSIVE*

Syrian Arab Republic, Ain Issa camp
August 21, 2017 at 11:09 GMT -00:00 · Published

Displaced people in the UNHRC Ain Issa camp described the terror of the ongoing battle for Raqqa, from both the ruling self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the threat of airstrikes from the US-led coalition, on Sunday.

The Ain Issa camp in Syria is home to thousands of people who have managed to escape from the IS stronghold of Raqqa. On June 6 the second battle for Raqqa, involving the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), their Western allies and IS, began leading to mass exodus of the city's civilian population.

Those that made it to the camp shared stories describing the threats posed by the battle, both from IS fighters on the ground and the coalition airstrikes from above. "Of course IS insurgents hide amongst people and we pay for that, ISIS hides amongst us and the coalition hit us, the coalition sees IS cars come amongst the people and then the aircraft come to shell us and them altogether," said one displaced inhabitant.

Others spoke about the lengths IS go to in order to evade capture. "Those who got out are safe, and those who are still inside became human shields for IS. There are a lot of people. A lot of people died, some were thrown from tops, some were killed, or shot. A lot of things happened inside the city of Raqqa," said another.

Syria: Raqqa's displaced people describe twin horrors of IS-rule and coalition airstrikes *EXCLUSIVE*02:51
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Displaced people in the UNHRC Ain Issa camp described the terror of the ongoing battle for Raqqa, from both the ruling self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the threat of airstrikes from the US-led coalition, on Sunday.

The Ain Issa camp in Syria is home to thousands of people who have managed to escape from the IS stronghold of Raqqa. On June 6 the second battle for Raqqa, involving the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), their Western allies and IS, began leading to mass exodus of the city's civilian population.

Those that made it to the camp shared stories describing the threats posed by the battle, both from IS fighters on the ground and the coalition airstrikes from above. "Of course IS insurgents hide amongst people and we pay for that, ISIS hides amongst us and the coalition hit us, the coalition sees IS cars come amongst the people and then the aircraft come to shell us and them altogether," said one displaced inhabitant.

Others spoke about the lengths IS go to in order to evade capture. "Those who got out are safe, and those who are still inside became human shields for IS. There are a lot of people. A lot of people died, some were thrown from tops, some were killed, or shot. A lot of things happened inside the city of Raqqa," said another.

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