Militants stone gays to death in Syria

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On Tuesday, the Islamic State extremist group (IS/ISIS) stoned two men to death in Syria after claiming they were gay, a monitor said, in the militant organization’s first executions for alleged homosexuality.

“ISIS today stoned to death a man that they said was gay,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the victim was around 20 years old.

He was killed in Mayadeen in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the border with Iraq.

The Britain-based Observatory said ISIS claimed it found videos on his mobile phone showing him “practicing indecent acts with males.”

In a separate incident on Tuesday, an 18-year-old was also stoned to death in the city of Deir Ezzor after the group said he was gay, the Observatory said.

Activists on social media said that the dead men were opponents of ISIS and that the group had used the allegation as a pretext to kill them.

The United Nations said this month that ISIS had carried out several executions by stoning of women it accused of adultery.

The militants proclaimed a “caliphate” in June after seizing large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Activists say ISIS regularly carries out public executions — often beheadings — in areas it controls.

AFP

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