Hatreds between rival groups continue to deepen in Syria: Reports are filtering in that families of Assad regime supporters are being held captive in cages and are used as human shields to deter regime air raids. CNN reports:
Videos posted to social media over the weekend show trucks transporting cages filled with up to eight men or women, the opposition Shaam News Network reported.
“Rebels … have distributed 100 cages, with each cage containing approximately seven people and the plan is afoot to produce 1,000 cages to distribute … in different parts of Douma city particularly in public places and markets that have been attacked in the past by the regime and Russian air-force,” text in one of the videos says, according to the opposition network […]
Pro-regime militiamen also used opposition detainees as human shields in recent weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
We can assume that what we read about is just the tip of the iceberg. Murder, torture, and rape are now endemic across much of the country, spawning hatreds that will likely fester for generations, pushing the rest of the region that much closer to the abyss of full scale sectarian war.