New photos have emerged from central Syria, where ISIS extremists have killed and dismembered a large amount of prisoners, mostly women and children.
Some were beheaded. Bricks were used to kill children before dismembering them. Many were killed in small clashes in the village, where the people are members of the Ismaili branch of Shiite Islam.
The villages, Aqareb and Al-Mabujeh, are located near the town of Salamiyeh and the highway that links the capital, Damascus, to the northern city of Aleppo. The people there are minority members, and have been targeted by the extremist organization before.
The Daily Mail reports:
In March 2015, the group killed dozens of people and kidnapped some 50 civilians in an attack there.
Media reports and doctors in the area said some of those killed in the latest raid were beheaded and others dismembered.
At least three of the civilians, a man and his two children, were executed with knives, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
ISIS extremists are notorious for mutilating bodies of their adversaries, particularly members of other sects than Sunni Islam.
The militants stormed homes in the southern part of Aqareb al-Safi village before government forces pushed them back into the desert, the state news agency SANA reported.
The head of the National Hospital in Salamiyeh, Dr. Noufal Safar, said it received 52 bodies, including 11 women and 17 children.
Some of the bodies were badly mutilated, beheaded or had their limbs severed but ‘most appear to have died as a result of gunfire,’ Safar told The Associated Press by telephone.
Rami Razzouk, a coroner at the hospital who inspected the bodies, said those of children were brought in mostly dismembered while the men had died from shelling or heavy machine-gun fire.
He said at least nine children were beaten on the head with heavy objects such as bricks or stones.
The Syrian Observatory also said that 52 people were killed in the fighting, with the dead including 15 civilians, 27 Syrian soldiers and 10 unidentified people.
Razzouk said 120 people were wounded; SANA said 40 were wounded.