Agencies (Qasioun) - Proof has emerged of the YPG militias kidnapping civilians at gunpoint and using them as human shields, after four elder villagers were found in a barn with their hands tied up, surrounded by mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in northwestern Syria's Afrin region.
According to military sources, the villagers were found by the Turkish Armed Forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) who were clearing terrorists from the village of Maskah in Racu as part of Operation Olive Branch in Syria's Afrin.
During the operation, four civilians in their 80s and 90s were found in a barn. The barn's door was booby-trapped with hand grenades, and their hands had been bound and, mines and IEDs were placed around them by YPG militias.
Explosive ordnance disposal teams destroyed the mines and IEDs. The civilians were then safely evacuated from the area and sent to a border police station.
Source: Daily Sabah