Islamic State militants behead 20 Syrians accused of ‘apostasy’

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IS militant prepares to behead a Syrian man in public. File photo

ARA News 

Urfa, Turkey – Members of the Islamic State (IS) summarily executed 20 Syrian citizens of Mayadin city in Deir ez-Zor province. On charges of being “apostates” and “enemies of God”. IS members beheaded the middle-aged men in front of dozens of the city’s residents.

Leaders of IS in Syria’d Deir ez-Zor said in a statement that their militants “followed God’s word” by executing who they described as “corrupters on earth”.

“Awakening movements in the area try to exploit engrossment of the Islamic State’s members in fighting the Nusayri regime in Syria. Such movements aim to preserve tyrannical rule on shoulders of our people. Members of Awakening movements are merely weed smokers and drug dealers, and by God’s will they were uncovered to our (IS) members,” the statement read, justifying beheading of 20 Syrians in Mayadin.

Local media sources in Deir ez-Zor told ARA News that the victims were Sunni Muslims from the Arab community of Mayadin.

“They (the beheaded men) were not affiliated with any political or armed groups,” Ahmad Saeed, resident of Mayadin, told ARA News.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed in a report on Thursday that all the 20 executed men were workers and guards of the oil wells of al-Shaetat Desert in Deir ez-Zor environs”.

“IS arrested those workers following its control over al-Shaetat wells on July 3, 2014,” according to the Observatory.

 

Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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