ISIS executes three civilians, imposes night curfew in Syria’s Manbij

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ISIS execution scene. File photo

ARA News

ERBIL – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) executed three civilians in the city of Manbij in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported on Saturday. 

In the meantime, the radical group imposed night curfew in the city along with strict security measures, according to activists. 

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, media activist Nasser Taljbini said that ISIS extremists have executed three civilians in the city of Manbij, on charges of spying for the anti-ISIS coalition forces.

“The three victims were executed by firing squad in the Manbij main square downtown, in front of dozens of people,” the source reported. 

The ISIS-led Sharia Court in Manbij threatened to execute anyone who violates the group’s rules in the areas under its control.

Over the past two years, ISIS has publicly executed hundreds of civilians, activists, and journalists on various charges in the city of Manbij in northern Aleppo.

“Stepping up its patrols across the city, ISIS imposed a night curfew starting at 20:00 PM until 7:00 AM,” Taljbini reported, pointing out the group has been replacing its security members of the Hisba police forces from time to time.

Local sources in Manbij confirmed that the city has been under blockade from several directions since months, especially after the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have recently reported gains in the eastern suburbs of the city.

The SDF forces include the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) along with Arab and Christian groups. Backed by the U.S.-led coalition, the SDF alliance is mainly focused on fighting ISIS, al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups in northern Syria. 

Moreover, a new civilian council was set up for Manbij city last month after a meeting in the town of Serrin in northern Syria, aiming at facilitating eliminating ISIS from the region.

The formation of this council shows the willingness of the Kurdish-led SDF to retake the city of Manbij from ISIS, and put an end to the barbaric acts committed by the group against civilians since nearly two years, according to analysts.

Reporting by: Salar Qasim

Source: ARA News

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