ISIS militants prepare for the beheading of Syrian men in a public square in Raqqa. File photo
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Gaziantep, Turkey – Militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) executed eight Kurdish young men from the village of Qaar Kalbin in the IS-held area of al-Bab in the province of Aleppo, northern Syria, locals reported on Monday.
Speaking to ARA News in al-Bab, civil rights activist Ahmed al-Sayyed said that after rifts broke out within the group, “the degree of brutality against civilians has increased.”
“The radical group imposed a curfew in the village and started storming houses.”
“The homes owned by the Kurdish people were specifically targeted by IS jihadists,” he added.
Al-Sayyed added that IS members arrested eight Kurdish young men, before leading them to the city’s public square where they were executed without any specific reason or announcement.
“My brother was asleep when they arrested him, he did not realize what is happening,” sister of one of the victims told ARA News on the phone.
“When my mother asked the perpetrators for the reason of detention, one of the IS militants shouted at her face and pushed her back, taking my brother to the public square, where we thought they would whip him but they suddenly brutally killed him in front of us,” she added.
“They were killed because of their ethnic affiliation as Kurds,” she argued.
The village of Qaar Kalbin has recently seen several barbaric practices by Islamic State insurgents such as the whipping elderly civilians and arresting as well as the beheading of young men. “The group does not explain the reasons for committing such crimes,” a local activist told ARA News.
Reporting by: Beri Mohammed
Source: ARA News
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