Islamic State jihadists execute, crucify man for smuggling civilians out of Raqqa
December 24, 2016, Syria
ISIS militants crucifying Syrian man in Raqqa. File photo
Raqqa – Militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Friday executed a man in Syria’s northeastern Raqqa city on charges of smuggling citizens to areas beyond the group’s control, local sources reported.
Abdulkarim al-Hassan, a truck driver from the Mansoura District in western Raqqa, was arrested by ISIS guards in the midnight on Thursday while trying to smuggle three families out of Raqqa.
“Al-Hassan was caught by the militants near the western exit of Raqqa. He was hiding three families from Raqqa inside his truck, apparently trying to smuggle them to areas held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” local media activist Muhammad Murdam told ARA News, citing ISIS officials.
The pro-ISIS Sharia Court of Raqqa decided to execute and crucify the man on charges of treason and apostasy.
In front of hundreds of people, al-Hassan was executed by firing squad and his body was crucified on an electricity pole, eyewitnesses told ARA News.
This comes amidst intensifying fighting between ISIS and the Kurdish-led SDF forces in the vicinity of Raqqa. The SDF has recently captured over 90 villages in the western countryside of Raqqa in an area measuring approximately 1300 km² as part of the second phase of the Euphrates Wrath Operation. During the first phase of Euphrates Wrath, the SDF captured roughly 560 km² in northern Raqqa.