In 'first', IS beheads two women in Syria: monitor

By AFP
Published: June 30, 2015
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BEIRUT: The Islamic State (IS) group has beheaded two women in Syria on accusations of “sorcery,” the first such execution of women in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.

“The Islamic State group executed two women by beheading them in Deir Ezzor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

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The Britain-based monitor said the executions took place on Monday and Sunday and involved two couples.

In both cases, the women were executed with their husbands, with each pair accused of “witchcraft and sorcery”.

The Islamic State group has become infamous for gruesome executions and is reported to have stoned women to death on allegations of adultery.

But the Observatory said this was the first time it was aware of the group beheading women.

Read: Syria says IS executes hundreds in Palmyra

According to the monitor, IS has executed more than 3,000 people in Syria in the year since it declared its Islamic “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq.

Nearly 1,800 of them were civilians, including 74 children.

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  • imran
    Jun 30, 2015 - 3:23PM

    Stop calling them as Islamic State Totally agree with Cameroon.Recommend

  • Kamran Shafi
    Jun 30, 2015 - 4:04PM

    Shameful and evil. Any sane person would hate IS to the core.Recommend

  • Kamal
    Jun 30, 2015 - 11:04PM

    ISIS is the Jewish production to defame Islam The Israeli government has been providing medical assistance to ISIS Militants for free in their hospitals. Once the treatment is done, the ISIS terrorists are taken back to the border and they go on their way.Recommend

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