On Thursday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a militant group predominantly consisting of Kurdish fighters, reportedly captured the three extremists who were trying to escape the besieged town. The runaways wore women’s full black veils to mix in with civilians leaving the town. The video of a detention was posted on YouTube.
One of the suspected Daesh members also reveals in the footage that he was a sniper in Manbij, as Storyful news verification service reports.
On the same day the video emerged on the Internet, SDF gave “the last remaining chance for besieged members of Daesh to leave the town,” before the major offensive began. However, Daesh hasn’t responded to the order and the majority of the militants remained in the town, shelling opponents.
It is believed that hundreds if not thousands of civilians are still in the town and they may be used "as human shields and as bait," Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Chris Garver said.
Still, the fights in town’s vicinity continue to intensify. On Friday, a total of 20 airstrikes on Daesh positions have been conducted by the US-led alliance, the terror organization’s Amaq news agency reported. Sporadic fights also spiked consistently between SDF and Daesh in the north of the town, Al Jazeera reported.
According to UN data, more than 250,000 civilians have been killed and 12 million displaced since the Syrian civil war began in 2011.