116 civilians 'executed' by ISIS in Syria 'reprisal killings' - monitor

2017-10-23 13:14
This image posted online by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, shows Islamic State fighters fire their weapons during clashes with the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces in Manbij, in Aleppo province, Syria. (Militant photo via AP)

This image posted online by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, shows Islamic State fighters fire their weapons during clashes with the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces in Manbij, in Aleppo province, Syria. (Militant photo via AP)

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Beirut – The Islamic State group (ISIS) killed 116 people it suspected of collaborating with the Syrian regime in Al-Qaryatain this month before losing the desert down to government forces, a monitor said on Monday.

"[ISIS] has over a period of 20 days executed at least 116 civilians in reprisal killings, accusing them of collaboration with regime forces," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

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Regime forces retook Al-Qaryatain, which lies in the central Homs province, on Saturday, three weeks after the jihadists seized control of it.

ISIS had first occupied the town in 2015 and lost it to Russian-backed Syria forces last year.

"After the regime retook it (on Saturday), the town's residents found the bodies on the streets. They had been shot dead or executed with knives," Abdel Rahman said.

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"Most of the [ISIS] fighters who attacked the town a month ago were sleeper cells... They are from the town, know the town's residents and who is for or against the regime," he said.

The majority of those killed were executed in the last two days before ISIS lost the town again, he added.

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