ISIS has executed two women who they accused of sorcery, according to activists in the area. The women were beheaded, which was the first time civilian women were executed in this manner by the terrorist group.
Rami Abdurrahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said one of the women was beheaded along with her husband. The beheadings were carried out over the past week, he said, without giving further details.
The charges against the women also included witchcraft and working with elves.
The separate executions took place in the Deir ez-Zour province in Eastern Syria. Analysts say the beheadings were meant to send a message to not only the Western World, but also to women under ISIS’s draconian rule.
Rami Abdul Rahman, from the monitoring group, said that the executions may have been intended to set an example of the women, and at scaring the local population into turning up to mosque five times per day.
Previously ISIS killed civilian women by firing squad or stoning them to death. Most of those women executed were accused of adultery.[CBS News] [Independent] [Image via Reuters]