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Urfa, Turkey – On charges of corruption, jihadists of the al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda branch in Syria) shot dead a 50-year-old woman in the public square of the town of Ma’arrat Misrin in the countryside of Idlib, in northern Syria.
A video published online on Wednesday showed an armed group standing next to a wall (on which the banner of al-Nusra is painted) in the central square of Ma’arrat Misrin, shooting a woman in the head after reciting her charge and some supporting verses of Quran.
The video showed the woman begging al-Nusra members to meet her sons, but they forced her to sit on her knees, and then someone started presenting her charges “as a woman who spread corruption among the community by professing prostitution”.
In the meantime, Syrian activists denounced the woman’s killing describing it as a horrible crime, questioning the veracity of al-Nusra’s accusations against the victim.
Commenting on the incident, the Syrian journalist Sardar Mullah Darwish told ARA News: “If we took the forensic side of the incident, the perpetuators should bring four witnesses to prove the woman’s adultery.”
“Another thing to consider in such a situation is how humans hold other humans accountable without holding themselves accountable, so the mechanism of such murder and brutality is nothing but another face of brutality carried out against peaceful civilians in Syrian areas held by such extremists,” Darwish said.
Noteworthy, the al-Nusra Front seized control of large areas of Idlib province after the elimination of moderate rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Al-Nusra jihadists are reportedly seeking to establish an Islamic emirate in the region similar to that of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) –which announced its alleged Caliphate in the areas under its control in both Syria and Iraq.
Reporting by: Redwan Bizar
Source: ARA News