ISIS militants in Palmyra. File photo
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Qamishli, Syria – On Wednesday, militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIL) shot dead 20 men in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, local sources reported.
Militants of IS, who took over Palmyra last week, executed 20 people in the Roman Theater of the ancient city.
“The execution took place in front of a crowd of people,” eyewitnesses told ARA News.
The victims were charged of fighting alongside the Syrian army against the group.
“By such public executions, IS militants are trying to scare civilians who remained in Palmyra and oblige them to a pledge allegiance to the extremist group,” a local activist told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.
On Sunday, IS militants killed more than 300 people in the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra, mostly women and children, locals reported.
Speaking to ARA News from Palmyra, a media activist said (on the condition of anonymity) that dozens of corpses were seen across the city after days of the IS control.
The ancient city of Palmyra fell under IS control on May 21, following the withdrawal of the Syrian army forces.
Over the past few days, IS destroyed a number of Roman sculptures in Palmyra.
Meanwhile, UNESCO showed its concern about the fate of the archeological ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra, which is listed as a world heritage site.
Reporting by: Egid Yousef
Source: ARA News