Islamic State executes four Syrian rebels on charges of “apostasy”

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ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – On Tuesday militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) executed four brothers who had joined rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the city of al-Bukamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

Civil rights activist Fayez Abdulaziz told ARA News that the IS radicals executed four brothers from the FSA rebels of the Omar Mukhtar Brigade, executing them with knives near the Iraqi border “on charges of apostasy and fighting the against caliphate.”

“The FSA-linked Omar al-Mukhtar brigade participated in the battle against the radical group during its control of Deir ez-Zor province months ago and before FSA and the al-Nusra Front withdrew from the province,” the source added, pointing out that this is most likely the reason behind the execution of these men.

In the meantime, the city of Aleppo saw fierce clashes between the FSA rebels and pro-regime security forces.

Civil rights activist Emad Hussein told ARA News that dozens of casualties occurred 0n opposing sides “when clashes hit the old district of Aleppo.”

Hussein added that the clashes came after the regime’s attempt to advance in the areas of al-Hatab Square, the Wool Market, and al-Kayali near Saadallah al-Jabri Square downtown, amid reports of advances made by Islamic factions and FSA rebels.

“The clashes continued on Wednesday evening, without any remarkable progress made by the regime forces in the rebel-held neighborhoods,” the source said. 

This comes hours after dozens of civilians were injured in an aerial bombardment by the pro-regime warplanes and helicopters, that dropped several barrel bombs on the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo and the towns of Kafr al-Hamra and Deir Hafer countryside.

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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