Footage filmed in the surroundings of the Syrian eastern village of Baghouz on Friday showed a number of civilians fleeing the last enclave of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The village in the eastern Deir ez-Zor region has been subjected to an offensive by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for the past week, under the cover of US-led coalition airstrikes.

Some media reports have suggested that the civilians are associated with IS members. Militants are reportedly hiding among civilians in the area that was previously evacuated via a humanitarian corridor.

According to local sources, around 1,000 civilians, including children remained in the village, and militants of the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) are thought to be using them as human shields.

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