QAMISHLI – Islamic State (ISIS) extremists executed 15 civilians on Thursday in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate. A sharia court, run by the Islamic State (ISIS), charged them with violating religious law and thereby renouncing Islam.
“The Sharia Court charged the victims with apostasy and ordered ISIS executioners to behead them in public,” local media activist Dahham al-Ali told ARA News.
The 15 civilians were beheaded in front of hundreds of people in the Sabhiya District of Deir ez-Zor.
“It was a horrible thing to see. People were terrified and everyone remained silent while these brutal executions were taking place,” an eyewitness told ARA News, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The group hasn’t even explained what those people have done to deserve this. ISIS just accused them of being apostates and beheaded them,” another witness said.
Thursday’s executions come just a few days after ISIS militants executed dozens of prisoners at a detention centre in Mosul.
“At least 75 prisoners were executed by ISIS in the Mosul Central Prison,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News on Sunday, citing an ISIS official.
Most of the victims were young Iraqi men who had recently been arrested by ISIS militants in Mosul and other parts of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate.
“The Islamic State’s leadership has charged them with treason,” Abdullah reported. The executed civilians included at least 25 media activists.
Speaking to ARA News, Iraqi security officer Zanoun Sabaawi said that ISIS extremists have threatened all journalists and media activists with execution if they report from areas held by the group.
“Daesh [ISIS] wants all their violations and atrocities against the Iraqi people to go unnoticed. That’s why they try to prevent reporters from covering local news in places like Mosul,” Sabaawi said.
In June 2014, ISIS conquered major population centers in both Iraq and Syria. Since then, thousands of people have been arrested, tortured and executed at the hands of ISIS militants.
Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh and Chalak Haji
Source: ARA News