The Syrian government and its security forces are using women and children as human shields in the government’s war with Syrian rebels. The brutal regime of
Bashar Assad has forced thousands of Syrians to flee to Turkey as a result of their atrocities. There have been numerous reports of the regime's shelling of residential neighborhoods and targeting of civilians.
Human Rights Watch said the regime's use of women and children as human shields "is yet another reason why the UN Security Council should refer Syria to the International Criminal Court.” The use of women and children as human shields or substitutes for men who would be at risk is not new to the Muslim world. Palestinians have routinely sent women and children as suicide bombers in Israel. Osama Bin Laden famously used women as human shields when he was attacked and killed by the Seal Team Six.