Islamic State broadcasts execution of Syrian soldiers in Palmyra

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ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – On Saturday, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) released a video showing a mass execution of 25 Syrian soldiers in the Roman-era amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra.

The Syrian soldiers appeared in their military uniforms kneeling on the amphitheater’s stage before a group of young militants of ISIS, who executed the soldiers with gunshots. 

The execution was attended by dozens of Palmyra’s residents who appeared in the videotape sitting on the amphitheater’s benches, including children. 

The mass execution reportedly took place on May 27, only several days after the city fell to ISIS.

More than 200 executions were carried out by ISIS in Palmyra, according to AFP.  

The Syrian Director-General of Antiquities and Museums, Maumoon Abdul Karim, told reporters in Damascus that ISIS “barbarically executes people and destroys antiquities in the ancient city of Palmyra”.

He said that the use of the Roman amphitheater for the execution “proves the brutality of ISIS terrorists”.

The ancient city of Palmyra is considered one of the major archeological sites in the Middle East. The city is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. 

 

 

Reporting by: Egid Yousef

Source: ARA News

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