ISIS execution scene. File photo
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BEIRUT – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Sunday executed five civilians in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa province after accusing them of spying for Kurdish troops, eyewitnesses and activists reported.
The group’s Islamic Police had arrested the five young men in the city of Tabqa in Raqqa countryside earlier on Saturday under the pretext that they’ve been communicating with Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northeastern Syria.
“They were publicly beheaded after the Sharia Court of Raqqa convicted them of spying for hostile YPG troops,” a local source told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity for security concerns.
“They were beheaded in front of a large crowd that included their family members,” the source said.
Kurdish YPG fighters and allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have recently launched a battle for Raqqa countryside and expelled ISIS from large territories in the northern countryside.
Raqqa is a de facto capital for the ISIS self-declared Caliphate.
Reporting by: Salman Muhammad
Source: ARA News