ISIS has sunk to a new low with revelations that women and children have been executed for refusing to starve themselves during Ramadan according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
Although horrific, the reports of children being executed are no surprise as ISIS itself released videos over the last week showing 15 men being executed by drowning in cages lowered into water, being burned alive in a car, and having their heads blown apart with explosives tied around their necks.
The report said that over the last week, two children had been crucified in eastern Syria after being accused by ISIS of not properly fasting during Ramadan that that runs from June 17 to July 17. Their bodies still on the crucifixion cross bars had been displayed publically with a sign explaining their "violation".
"Many of the charges against those executed are recorded as blasphemy and spying, but others include sorcery, sodomy, practicing as a Shia Muslim," the report read.
SOHR said the terror group also this past week executed two married couples for “sorcery” and a magician was beheaded recently for "black magic".
The editorial director for the US based Terrorism, Research & Analysis Consortium, Veryan Khan said.“The practicing of anything that is not approved by Islamic State under their very strict interpretation of Islam is ‘Haram’ or forbidden. If the Islamic State thinks that sorcery is real, then black magic would be a threat to them and seen as a danger.”
“Islamic State executions are not merely retribution by the state for behavior seen as illegal. The Islamic State uses executions to intimidate and dominate the local population, for diplomatic communiqués to world leaders, for recruitment purposes and to demonstrate the organization is in complete control.”
The director of Southern Africa Operations at the Terrorism, Research & Analysis Consortium Jasmine Opperman said “Underlying all these executions is the apocalypse ideology of the final battle between the believers and the unbelievers. ISIS is using executions to show its followers -- and would-be followers -- that the group is the only true representative of believers, not only in word, but action, which is why executions are featured so prominently.”
A report released earlier this year by The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, detailed horrific abuse of children by ISIS including torture, being buried alive, crucifixion, being sold as sex slaves, and being forced to carry out suicide bombings.