Civilians trapped, used as ‘human shields’ in Syria’s Afrin: UN

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Geneva :The United Nations said Friday there were “alarming reports” that Kurdish forces are blocking civilians from leaving the Syrian enclave of Afrin, faced with a looming siege, and could be using them as “human shields”. The UN rights office said it had been receiving “deeply alarming reports from Afrin in northwestern Syria about civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and ground-based strikes.” Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani in particular decried “reports that civilians are being prevented from leaving Afrin city by Kurdish forces … (and) are being held

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