Five people will be executed over allegations of committing crimes, robbery and looting in the Waer neighborhood in Homs this week, according to a joint statement by key rebel groups in Homs.
The Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, al-Ansar and Bayyda’s Martyrs brigades announced the execution order during Friday prayers in Waer’s mosques.
Some of those criminals were arrested while others have fled. The speaker in Fatima Mosque requested people and battalions to help in catching them.
Sheikh Hori Othman, the mosque’s speaker and former head of the Shariah Authority, said that an execution order was issued as disciplinary punishment, and not implementation of the Shariah law, because implemention of legal limits is suspended in war.
After reading the statement, the mosque exploded with shouts of “God is Greatest” as people expressed joy and support for the decision, because of the suffering those in the neighborhood endured under the men.
A painful incident was circulated in Waer about a young man who was shot dead by a member of an Islamic group, most likely the Nusra Front, because he swore to God while he was angrily trying to defend some people wanted by Nusra.
Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer