Since forming ‘caliphate’ last year, militant group has executed over 3,500 people.
The Islamic State group has executed more than 3,500 people in Syria, including nearly 2,000 civilians, since declaring its “caliphate” in June last year, a monitor said Sunday.
In the last month alone I.S. executed 53 people, including 35 civilians, in areas it controls in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The new figures from the Britain-based Observatory bring to 3,591 the number of people executed by I.S. in Syria since it declared its Islamic “caliphate” after seizing control of large parts of the country.
The new toll includes 1,945 civilians, including 103 women and 77 children, with civilians defined as those who are not taking part in the fighting. Some were executed for alleged witchcraft, homosexuality and collaborating with the U.S.-led coalition that has been bombarding I.S. in Syria since September 2014.
Members of Sunni Shaitat tribe account for around half of the civilians killed. I.S. killed 930 members of the clan in the northeastern Deir Ezzor province last year after they opposed the extremist group.
The monitor also documented 247 I.S. executions of rival rebels and Kurdish fighters, as well as the executions of 975 members of regime forces.
I.S. has also executed 415 of its own members it accused of crimes including spying, many of them captured as they were trying to desert the group, according to the Observatory, which relies on a network of activists, medical staff and fighters on the ground.
I.S. controls large swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq. In Syria, it controls areas in the Homs and Hama provinces in the center, Deir Ezzor and Hassakeh in the northeast, as well as Raqa and Aleppo in the north.
The jihadist group counts tens of thousands of fighters and carries out abductions, rapes, beheadings and stonings in the areas under its influence.