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Islamic State executed 116 in Syrian town as part of revenge campaign

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS killed 116 civilians over 20 days, accusing them of collaboration with the Syrian government

By: AFP | Beirut | Published: October 23, 2017 7:45:43 pm
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The Islamic State group killed 116 people it suspected of collaborating with the Syrian regime in Al-Qaryatain this month before losing the desert down to government forces.

“IS 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.

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

The majority of those killed were executed in the last two days.

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