People hit by shrapnel as they flee ISIS suicide bomber 

  • Soldiers can be seen fleeing a base in Raqaa as a car approaches the buildings
  • The car detonates shooting clouds of black smoke and debris through the air
  • Chunks of shrapnel hit some running soldiers and people fall to the ground

Liz Dunphy For Mailonline

Drone footage has captured shocking footage of suicide carbombings in Raqqa, Syria.

Soldiers can be seen fleeing a YPG base – their shadows thrown in front of them under the hot Syrian sun – as a green car approaches them.  

The car detonates as it nears them, sending clouds of black smoke, dust and debris hurtling through the air.

Chunks of shrapnel hit some of the running soldiers and people fall to the ground.

It was not clear whether many people were still in the building which was damaged in the blast or whether people hit by shrapnel were mortally wounded. 

The attack was aimed at the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units or YPG which has been central to the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The shocking video has particular resonance on World Refugee Day which falls today.

Last year, the United Nations identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, of which more than 6 million are internally displaced within Syria, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside of Syria.

Of the millions who have fled the region, many live in makeshift camps in neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

Soldiers were hit by shrapnel and fell to the ground as they fled the blast in Syria

Soldiers were hit by shrapnel and fell to the ground as they fled the blast in Syria

Soldiers were hit by shrapnel and fell to the ground as they fled the blast in Syria

Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan have the highest numbers of Syrian refugees.  

Europe accepted less refugees in 2016 than in 2015.   

Protracted conflicts have increased which has created more than 15 million refugees worldwide – and developing countries host over 80 per cent of people according to the Red Cross.

There are an estimated 117,234 refugees living in the UK which is 0.18 per cent of the total population of 64.1 million people.

 


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