Three mass graves found in ISIS-held Syrian province


New mass graves were discovered in area formerly held by ISIS militant group, after mass executions. File photo

ARA News

QAMISHLI – Three mass graves were found in the village of Abu Hamam in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, the Syrian Center for Human Rights reported on Wednesday. 

“The dead bodies found in the newly discovered mass graves are believed to belong to members of the Shaitat tribe who have been massacred by terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS),” Syrian lawyer and spokesman of the Center for Human Rights Ibrahim Hussein told ARA News.

ISIS militants have earlier executed more than 700 members of the Shaitat tribe in Deir ez-Zor for opposition the group’s control over the province. Several mass graves have been discovered in the eastern province over the past few months, most of the victims were identified as members of the al-Shaitat tribe. 

“On Wednesday, villagers of Abu Hamam were allowed by ISIS to return home after months of forced displacement. However, after returning they discovered three mass graves in their village,” Hussein reported. 

The source added that 37 corpses were found in the three mass graves. 

“The first mass grave was found in Nazal Gaada neighborhood in Abu Hamam village and it included ten dead bodies of civilians; the second was discovered in the Nabayi neighborhood and it included 20 corpses; while the third grave was found in the Madrasa Gharbi area in central Abu Hamam where seven corpses were revealed,” Syrian Center for Human Rights’s spokesman told ARA News.

Several children and women were among the victims. 

The center reported that it has earlier documented six mass graves that have been left by ISIS militants in Deir ez-Zor countryside, confirming that most of the victims were identified as members of the Shaitat tribe. 

Hundreds of civilians in Deir ez-Zor have been killed for refusing to swear allegiance to the ISIS self-declared Caliphate. The al-Shaitat tribe had the lion’s share of victims for launching an armed rebellion against ISIS in the province end of 2014. 

Reporting by: Ahmed Shiwesh 

Source: ARA News

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