Video may show Palmyra ex­e­cu­tions

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

Avideo has been posted online pur­port­ing to show Is­lamic State fight­ers killing some 25 Syr­ian gov­ern­ment sol­diers in the his­toric town of Palmyra in cen­tral Syria.

The video, re­leased Satur­day, shows the sol­diers be­ing taken in pickup trucks from the town’s no­to­ri­ous Tad­mur prison to the am­phithe­ater. There, they are shot dead by young men armed with pis­tols.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple are seen watch­ing the killings.

The video does not in­di­cate when the ex­e­cu­tions took place. The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights says the shoot­ings were car­ried out May 27.

The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported in May that scores of troops and state em­ploy­ees were killed af­ter the Is­lamic State group cap­tured the town.

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