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ISIS ‘beheads women for the first time in Syria’

Monitor says ISIL killed two women and their husbands in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province after they sought health remedies.
5d5b3972bc7643f69d0119eab8c756e2_18The Observatory said earlier this week that it has documented 3,027 executions carried out by ISIL [Al Jazeera/Twitter]

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has beheaded two women and their husbands in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, a monitoring group said.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that ISIL beheaded the couples after accusing them of using “magic for medicine”.

It is not known what non-traditional health remedy the two couples had sought.

“It is the first time that the beheading of women, by the use of sword in public, has taken place in Syria,” the Observatory’s chief, Rami Abdel Rahman, told Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera cannot confirm whether the executions represent the first time that women have been beheaded in Syria. Last year, ISIL reportedly beheaded at least three women who were Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Kobane.

The more recent beheadings took place in the city of Deir Ezzor and the city of Mayadin. ISIL beheaded the first couple on Sunday and the second couple on Monday.


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