EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Survivors recount IS atrocities in Manbij

On Tuesday, several groups of civilians who fled the northern Syrian town of Manbij narrated atrocious crimes against their relatives by the Islamic State (IS) insurgents.

MANBIJ, Syria (Kurdistan24) – On Tuesday, several groups of civilians who fled the northern Syrian town of Manbij spoke about Islamic State (IS) insurgents' atrocious crimes against their relatives.

In the liberated square of Al-Jazira in Manbij, several civilians who fled the IS-held pockets recently talked to Kurdistan24 and narrated IS arbitrary detentions of civilians.

A metal cross was left in the square where the survivors recollected their tragedies.

Rashid, a Syrian Kurdish man from Manbij, told Kurdistan24 about his cousin’s death in Al-Jazira square.

“My cousin, Mustafa Kaso, was beheaded and remained hanging for four days on this cross,” sobbed Rashid.

Rashid said that IS arrested Kurds mostly accusing them of being apostates, disbelievers or spies.

Other civilians in Manbij said they lost their lives because of the mines left by IS.

A 14-year-old boy lost his life because of a mine left by IS behind the door of his house. It exploded when he opened the door.

Amsha, an Arab woman in her 50s said her son was shot by an IS sniper.

“IS burned my heart by killing my son who was a father of six girls and two boys,” Amsha said.

Amsha added that the living conditions were miserable.

“We are starving. There is no food and no water,” she said.

According to the Kurdistan24 documentary-making team on Tuesday, about 140 thousand civilians managed to flee the town since the beginning of Martyr Abu Layla operation of liberating Manbij town.

There are still about 600 civilians stranded in the IS-held small pockets of the town.

On May 31, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the fighters of Manbij Military Council (MMC) launched the Manbij operation.


Editing by Ava Homa