ISIS militants amputate hand of Syrian man accused of stealing

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Militants of the Islamic State amputating hand of Iraqi man accused of stealing. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday amputated the right hand of a young man in the city of Raqqa, northeastern Syria, after accusing him of stealing, according to local media activists and eyewitnesses.  

The brutal punishment was carried out in front of dozens of people in eastern Raqqa. 

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, a right activist from the campaign “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” –which documents ISIS violations against civilians in the province– reported that ISIS militants have called on the people of Raqqa to gather in the Dawla square to witness the punishment.

“The right hand of the 27-year-old man was amputated by ISIS militants,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Eyewitnesses reported that a member of the Sharia Court in Raqqa read a statement ahead of cutting off the man’s hand, saying he was guilty of stealing a motorcycle. 

This comes just five days after ISIS extremists cut off hands of three teenagers in the city of Mosul in northwestern Iraq, after accusing them of stealing.“The three teenagers, who were accused of stealing goods from a store in Mosul, were arrested by the ISIS-led Islamic Police relier on Friday,” a civil rights activist told ARA News in Mosul. “The suspects were referred to the Sharia Court, which ordered the amputation of the right hand of each one of them.”

The ISIS-led Sharia Court had earlier issued a decision to cut off the right hand of every person accused of robbery in areas under the group’s control, arguing that the punishment is originally derived from the Islamic law. 

Reporting by: Salar Qassim 

Source: ARA News

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