ISIS executes, crucifies Syrian man on charges of ‘fighting the Caliphate’

ARA News 

ERBIL ــ Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday executed a man in the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa after accusing him of “fighting the Caliphate” and leaking information to anti-ISIS forces on ground, local sources reported. 

After beheading him, the terror group has crucified the victim’s corpse in a public square downtown. 

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, rights activist Ahmad Raqqawi said that ISIS jihadis publicly beheaded Hussein Atallah in front of dozens of locals on Sunday afternoon near the Clock Tower in Raqqa downtown. 

“Atallah was accused of fighting ISIS months ago and leaking information to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recently before being arrested by the Hisba police,” the source reported.

Raqqawi stressed that the victim was innocent according to his kinsmen.

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.

A masked member from the ISIS-linked Sharia Court in Raqqa read a statement, accusing the victim of having fought ISIS alongside the Awakening group of Hasakah [in reference to the SDF-led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units “YPG”] several months ago.

“We hereby behead this apostate according to the Caliphate’s rules. We hang his dirty corpse to be an example for those who dare to fight alongside the Caliphate’s enemies,” the statement read.

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

In the meantime, local activists confirmed that hundreds of people have been slaughtered by ISIS for baseless reasons over the past two years, stressing that the charge against the victim [Atalah] was “baseless”, according to his family members. 

“The terror group killed my cousin too for trifling reasons last month,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on the condition of anonymity. 

“We will avenge the bloodshed of our kinsmen someday,” he said.

Over the past 24 hours, the US-led coalition forces conducted several air raids on ISIS headquarters in the city of Raqqa and its suburbs, resulting in the death of 20 militants and the injury of more than 50 others, according locals. 

Reporting by: Salar Qasim

Source: ARA News

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