IS in Syria ex­e­cutes over 90 peo­ple in month: mon­i­tor

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Is­lamic State ji­hadist group has ex­e­cuted more than 90 peo­ple, a third of them civil­ians, over the past month in ar­eas of war-torn Syria un­der its con­trol, a mon­i­tor­ing group said Sun­day.

The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said 32 civil­ians were among 91 peo­ple ex­e­cuted for “crimes” in the ji­hadist group’s self-pro­claimed caliphate be­tween July 29 and Aug. 29.

The toll in­cluded IS mem­bers, rebel fight­ers and forces loyal to Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad.

Witch­craft, ho­mo­sex­ual acts and work­ing with the U.S.-led coali­tion fight­ing IS in Iraq and Syria are among “crimes” pun­ish­able by death for the group.

Since it an­nounced its “caliphate” in June 2014, IS has swept across Syria, seiz­ing swathes of land in cen­tral Hama and Homs prov­inces, Deir Ez­zor and Hasakeh in the east, and the north’s Raqa and Aleppo.

Ac­cord­ing to the UK-based Ob­ser­va­tory, the latest monthly toll has brought to 3,156 peo­ple the num­ber of IS ex­e­cu­tions in Syria since the caliphate was an­nounced.

The num­ber in­cludes 1,841 civil­ians.

IS has be­come no­to­ri­ous for its grue­some dis­plays of vi­o­lence, of­ten shown in videos posted on the In­ter­net, in­clud­ing be­head­ings, ston­ing and push­ing vic­tims off rooftops.

The U.S.-led coali­tion has been bom­bard­ing IS in Syria since Septem­ber 2014.

On Satur­day, eight IS fight­ers were killed in a coali­tion air raid on Raqa, the de facto “cap­i­tal” of their caliphate.

Fur­ther west, in Aleppo province, IS has been fiercely at­tack­ing rebel groups and its ji­hadist ri­vals, al-Qaida af­fil­i­ate Al-Nusra Front.

Late Satur­day, an IS car bomb on Tal Ri­faat, in Aleppo province, left 11 fight­ers and eight civil­ians dead.

Tal Ri­faat lies along a key rebel sup­ply route from the Turk­ish bor­der to the north.

The town is lo­cated near Marea, the main rebel strong­hold in Aleppo that has been un­der fierce IS at­tack for months and is now com­pletely en­cir­cled by the ji­hadists.

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