ISIS Slaughters ‘Spies’ in Abattoir on First Day of Eid al-Adha

Radical group slaughters opponents in an abattoir for sheep in video aimed to coincide with the sacred Eid holiday

The Islamic State group executed a number of people in an abattoir in Deir-ez-Zor in eastern Syria on charges of “spying for the coalition” on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

The group’s media bureau for “Waliyet al-Kheir” published a new video on Monday evening under the title “manufacturing fantasy” which shows a number of people in an abattoir with their hands bound and piled on top of each other. ISIS militants then select the captives in turn and slaughter them. Other segments show a number of people slaughtered while hanging by their legs.

The group accused the victims of belonging to the “cell of spies for the coalition” who were arrested after being denounced by others inside the cell. It said they were sending information and pictures of the group’s locations to the coalition over the internet, while the group said that after investigating them it discovered other networks of spies which it will announce shortly.

The group added that the founder of the cell was a person named Haidar who lives in Turkey and used to work with the Nusra Front and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units before working for the coalition. ISIS said that the members of the cell were sending him information continuously to be sent to the coalition.

The activist Abus Awas al-Deiri told ARA News that “this video is the most horrifying of the videos that the group has broadcast since it declared the alleged caliphate.”

He said the fact that the group carried out this “crime” on the first day of the blessed Eid al-Adha was “an insult to this sacred occasion for all Muslims.”

Since it declared the caliphate in June 2014, the group has carried out hundreds of death sentences in a variety of ways, most of them with bullets or by slaughtering, as well as in some specific cases burning their prisoners.

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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