06/30/2015, 00.00
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Syria: In first ever, Islamic state beheads two women accused of "witchcraft"

Previously three female Kurdish fighters, captured in battle, had been beheaded. Women killed with their husbands, in a public execution on charges of "sorcery and witchcraft." The jihadist militiamen have also crucified eight people, including two minors, for breaking Ramadan.

Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Islamic state militias in Syria have beheaded two women accused of "witchcraft". The London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights report the news based on information from a network of sources on the ground. F

It is the first time that this brutal method of execution, which has often been used by jihadists, has involved two civilian women.

Observatory Director Rami Abdel Rahman, reports that "the Islamic state executed by beheading two women in the province of Deir Ezzor", in the eastern part of the country. "This is the first time that the Observatory - added the activist - documents the killing of women in this way by members of the" jihadist group.

Local sources said that the executions were carried out between 28 and 29 June and concerned two couples. In both cases, the two women were executed together with their husbands, all indicted on charges of "sorcery and witchcraft."

Earlier, militants beheaded three women who were Kurdish fighters captured in battle and stoned to death other civilian women on charges of adultery. However, this is the public decapitation of civilian women.

Many activists of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, have denounced that the Islamic State militia have crucified least eight men accused for failing to meet the expected fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. The jihadists have also hung a sign around their neck that says victims consumed food "without any religious justification." Among these eight, there were two minors.

More than 3.2 million people have fled Syria with other 7.6 million internally displaced since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011. At least 230,000 people have died in the fighting, many of them civilians, especially in 2014.  In this context of war and terror, the members of the Islamic State have distinguished themselves for their brutality and violence.  The IS jihadists have executed more than 3 thousand people in the year since the birth of the "Caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, of which 1800 were civilians and at least 74 children.

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