IS stones two girls to death in Syria

Damasacus, Feb 26 (IANS) Two teenage girls have been stoned to death by Islamic State militants after they were found in a house with two men — who were each flogged 50 times, media reported on Friday.

The girls, Hasna, 17, and Madiha, 16, were accused of committing adultery and executed in front of a crowd of hundreds in Deir ez-Zor city, eastern Syria.

The two older men were then sentenced to 50 lashes — also in public — after being identified by a Sharia Court as Abu Zubair al-Idlbi and Maher Hameed, reports Daily Mail.

“The execution took place in the Hamidiya district of Deir ez-Zor, where hundreds of people gathered to witness the stoning of the two young girls.

“The decision of the Sharia Court raised the anger of Deir ez-Zor’s residents, who considered it unfair to kill the two girls by stoning and merely flog the men and set them free,” the report quoted local activist Ahmed Ramadan as saying.

Last week it was reported that four women were stoned to death for “committing adultery” after being raped by IS fighters.

The victims were arrested even though IS militants are said to have caught them being abused during a raid in the city of Mosul.

They were brought before a Sharia court which ordered them to be publicly executed without giving any details about their alleged abusers.

The four women were stoned to death in front of a large crowd, according to local sources.

“The four women were most likely exposed to sexual abuse at the hands of IS militants before being driven out of their homes and transferred to the Sharia Court.”

“Apparently, the victims had been raped by IS jihadis and then stoned to death on charges of committing adultery,” a media activist Abdullah al-Malla of Syrian press agency was quoted as saying.

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