Since it gained control over the city of Ar-Raqqah, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been committing human rights violations in a systematic manner, in which its elements have been arresting activists as well as members of other armed groups and ordinary citizens that have no affiliations whatsoever.
ISIS have been committing executions in a public manner, based on “decrees” issued by its own special courts of which nobody knows anything about. Such executions were also carried out in rural Aleppo when ISIS was present there and before they receded to Ar-Raqqah due to battles between themselves and other armed groups which took place at the beginning of the year.
Today, 12 civilians in Ar-Raqqah were executed in a public manner, including seven from Ar-Raqqah city, three in Tal al-Abyad and two in Sulook.
And among the seven executed in Ar-Raqqah city, five were children under the age of 18. The bodies of the adults were left on display for hours, whilst the bodies of the children were immediately removed after the executions were completed.
Whilst ISIS did not clarify the crimes committed by these individuals, it did hang a placard on the body of one of the executed individuals, saying that this individual had detonated an explosive device.
Among the names of the executed individuals which have reached us include:
1- Ahmed Khaleel al-Barhoo, a student in year seven from Mafraq al-Jarza in Ar-Raqqah
2- Muhanad al-Khalaf, a second year university student (studying Arabic Literature). His study was based in Homs.
3- Ahmed al-Khalaf, cousin of Muhanad al-Khalaf and a child under 18 years of age
4- Ibrahim Faisal al-Hussein, from al-Sabkhah. He is a secondary student and was arrested in Ma’daan.
5- Yasir Mohammed al-Muhrab from the village of al-Asadiah. Was previously a soldier for the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
6- Abdullah, a fighter with the FSA, and whose picture is shown above