A Syrian Kurdish militia has driven out thousands of non-Kurdish civilians from areas they have captured from ISIL militants.
That’s the accusation from the London-based rights watchdog, Amnesty International which says the actions amount to war crimes.
In its report the organisation says the displacements and house demolitions appear to have been in retaliation for residents suspected of supporting or having links with ISIL.
“In its fight against IS, the Autonomous Administration appears to be trampling all over the rights of civilians who are caught in the middle. We saw extensive displacement and destruction that did not occur as a result of fighting. This report uncovers clear evidence of a deliberate, co-ordinated campaign of collective punishment of civilians in villages previously captured by IS, or where a small minority were suspected of supporting the group.” – extract from Amnesty Report.