ISIS CHILD EXECUTIONS, TORTURES ROCK SYRIA
Seven-year-old boy executed by firing squad, young girl locked in cage with skeletons
RAQQA, Syria (ChurchMilitant.com) – An outbreak of ISIS-ordered child executions and tortures are sending shock waves through Syria.
Reports released Wednesday reveal details about the March execution of a Syrian Muslim boy, found guilty before the Islamic State Sharia court in Raqqa, Syria of blasphemy. Reports also detail the subjugation of a young Muslim girl to torture.
According to Asia News, seven-year-old Muaz Hassan was accused by an ISIS militant of blaspheming against the “divine essence” while playing football with friends. Prior to being sentenced to death, Hassan was declared to be an infidel and held in prison for a brief period of time. The public sentencing took place Friday, March 6 in the Duwar el Naiim square of Raqqa, before Hassan was dragged, bound hand and foot, in front of a crowd of hundreds of onlookers, many of whom were forced to attended against their will. Executioners than proceeded to shoot Hassan to death in front of his parents, his mother fainting from shock.
Sources within Syria reveal the public execution sent shock waves through the Syrian population, even extending to the leadership of ISIS, asserting that “cracks” are “beginning to emerge” within the governing body of the Islamic State in direct response to the murder of Muaz Hassan.
Further discord followed the proclamation of punishments reserved for young Muslim females who do not observe the strict dress code. In April, a young girl in Raqqa was caught by ISIS militants without a head-cover as she was cleaning stairs in her family’s building. As punishment the girl was brought to the public square and locked in a cage containing the skeletons of prisoners killed by the Islamic State.
Following hours of screaming and begging to be freed the girl passed out and was left in the cage for another hour before being taken to a hospital in Raqqa. Reports indicate she remains unresponsive.
The division within the ISIS hierarchy has only been worsened with Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Caliphate, declaring a state of emergency, as Syrian Armed Forces and Allies close in on the city. Reports assert ISIS has “relocated scores of its forces” and is currently evacuating without “any flag of the group” for fear of air strikes.
ISIS had taken complete control of Raqqa in January 2014, quickly rounding up and murdering alleged supporters of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and destroying Shia mosques and Christian churches. One church in particular, the Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs, was spared but converted into an ISIS headquarters building.
Since the initial takeover, the Christian population of Raqqa has largely disappeared.