ISIS beheads two women in Syria over sorcery charge

ISIS beheads two women in Syria on charges of sorcery, the first such execution of women in Syria, activist group says

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Tuesday that ISIS has beheaded two women in Deir Ezzor province over accusations of sorcery.

The Britain-based SOHR said that it is the first time that ISIS has beheaded women in Syria over such an accusation.

"ISIS executed two women by beheading them in Deir al-Zor province, and this is the first time the Observatory has documented women being killed by the group in this manner," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

The SOHR chief claims that the two women were executed along with their husbands on Sunday and Monday, with each couple accused of "witchcraft and sorcery."

ISIS has become infamous for its bloody and inhumane executions, as well as stoning women to death over allegations of adultery.

But according to the Observatory this is the first time that ISIS has beheaded women.    

According to the monitor, ISIS has executed more than 3,000 people in Syria in the year since it first declared its Islamic "caliphate" in the country. Nearly 1,800 of those killed were civilians, including 74 children.

The SOHR reported on Tuesday that 8 people were punished in recent days by ISIS for allegedly failing to fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. They were hanged from makeshift crosses.

The Observatory said “The eight were all strung up alive on crucifixes with placards attached to them accusing them of breaking the Ramadan fast with no ‘religious justification’.”

Observatory chief Abdel Rahman said “the eight were hung from the crucifixes for a day and taken down afterwards still alive.”

The Observatory added that while it had documented eight cases, there might be others that have not been reported.

TRTWorld and agencies