Observatory: ISIS killed 50 captives in Syria this year

The Syrian Observatory aid the ultra hardline group killed them mainly through beheadings and shootings. (File photo: AP)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group has killed 50 people this year in Syria who it accused of insulting God, spying or being enemy fighters, including a Jordanian pilot it burned alive, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the ultra hardline group killed them mainly through beheadings and shootings.

An ISIS video showing the burning to death of pilot Moaz al-Kasaesbeh, released on Tuesday, sent shockwaves through Jordan which is part of the U.S.-led alliance against the group. ISIS also published footage last month purporting to show the killing of two Japanese captives.

Other groups in Syria have killed captives. Al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front killed six while around 20 others were put to death by other insurgents or pro-government groups, said the Britain-based Observatory, which tracks the conflict using sources on the ground. Four of those killed were women.

ISIS controls swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq. The Observatory reported in November that the group had killed 1,432 captives since declaring a caliphate in June.
 

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