ISIS teens execute 25 soldiers in Syria’s Palmyra
The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the group captured the city on May 21
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Saturday released a grisly video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheater in the city of Palmyra.
The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the group captured the city on May 21.
The 10-minute clip, which begins with a recitation of the Quran, then cuts to shots of the conflict, and then chained-together soldiers being led out of a cell onto a courtyard.
The captives are then transported by a convoy of pickup trucks to the site of the Palmyra ruins, where they are made to kneel in a line in the amphitheater.
As the death sentence is read out, a crowd of a couple of hundred – including small children - can be seen on the wings of the amphitheater.
The camera then zooms in on the soldiers, some of whom appear to have been beaten. They are then executed by pistol fire, and their bloodied corpses are shown lying on the ground.
The video is the latest in a series of gruesome executions released by the group.
ISIS have also begun destroying some of the ancient relics from the site, although the video released Saturday could suggest that the militants wish to keep some of the ruins intact as a convenient place to carry out executions.
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