In Syria, Alawite residents are being used as human shields against forces loyal to the government and President Bashar al-Assad.
The rebel Army of Islam group is parading caged prisoners around towns under its control.
The hostages include captured government military and their families and members of President Assad's Alawite sect.
The Army of Islam say they want to distribute 1000 caged vehicles across their territory to discourage attacks from the air.
The caged prisoners are yet another demonstration of the complexities of the Syrian civil war, which has now been going for four-and-a-half years.
Such prolonged violence has had a dramatic effect on the ordinary citizens of Syria.
But one of President Assad's ministers says air strikes will continue against what he calls "terrorist targets".
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