Shocking ISIS photo: children gaze at decapitated men

The photo shows the children seemingly oblivious to the atrocity of the nearby scene. One of them is seen carrying a rock and looks like he is about to throw it at the crucified men. (Social media)

A shocking photo showing Syrian children gazing at three bodied believed to be decapitated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Syrian province of Deir el-Zour has gone viral on the internet.

It has been a common tactic by ISIS to display decapitated bodies and severed heads on street roundabouts and public squares in areas it controls as means to spread fear and terrorize its enemies.

In its battle to expand the self-proclaimed caliphate in the region, ISIS continues to release photos and videos highlighting its cruelty.

The latest photo reminds of similar gruesome photo that went viral last month showing the body of a crucified and beheaded Syrian rebel surrounded by a crowd of young boys. A placard near the body reads the name of the man, Jaber Ahmed al-Khaled, followed by his “crime”: fighting ISIS.

ISIS kids social media

ISIS kids social media

Although data about the number of children living in ISIS strongholds, which sprawl over large swathes of Iraq and Syria, are scarce, media reports claim children as young as five are being recruited and trained at military camps run by the group.

A report released by activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently today claims that children are made to carry the beheadings of captured Syrian soldiers as a compulsory test to graduate ISIS combat camps.

The U.N.’s children’s agency UNICEF has estimated earlier this year that more than six million children have been affected by the Syria conflict and desperately need humanitarian aid.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43