An IS militants beheading a man accused of spying on behalf of FSA rebels in Syria's Raqqa. File photo
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Gaziantep, Turkey – On Thursday, the Islamic State group sentenced four civilians to death in the city of Manbij in Aleppo province, in northern Syria, hanging them in a public square downtown.
Speaking to ARA News in Manbij, one of the victims’ family members said (under the condition of anonymity) that four civilians from Manbij were captured by the IS group and executed in the city’s square after receiving information about their links with rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
“Actually, they had nothing to do with any organization or party, but they had some friends belong to the FSA rebels,” the source argued.
The Islamic State militants refuse to hand over the bodies of the executed people for their families.
Haitham Ali, one of the residents, told ARA News that IS extremists began using means of incapacitating and decapitation against locals, and then started executing civilians for no reason.
“Those practices merely reflect the barbarism of this group and its extremist members,” he said.
Ali pointed out that the group imposed permanent curfew in the city of Manbij where the militants banned people from getting out of their houses after 6:00 P.M.
In Iraq, in front of a large crowd of people on Wednesday, the Islamic State radicals carried out a sentence against three people from the city of Mosul that demands the severing of hands. Local sources told ARA News, pointing out that the IS members carried out the punishment in Bab al-Tob area, justifying their action under different arguments and excuses.
An informed source in Mosul, who spoke to ARA News on condition of anonymity, said that the IS group cut off the hands of three people for allegedly having stolen money and gold jewelry belonging to the wife of a disabled man, and they had been discovered later in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
“They were intending to flee to Turkey, but they were quickly arrested and handed over to the Islamic court in the state of Nineveh in northern Iraq,” the source said, adding that the group transferred the victims (whose hands were cut off) to the hospital to receive treatment.
Reporting by: Bery Mohammad and Sarbaz Yusuf
Source: ARA News