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Jihadist group ISIS crucifies 8 rebels in Syria's Aleppo province: NGO

Published on Jun 29, 2014 6:52 PM

BEIRUT (AFP) - A jihadist group in Syria has publicly executed and crucified eight rebels fighting both President Bashar al-Assad's regime and the jihadists, a monitor said on Sunday.

The report comes amid fierce clashes on the outskirts of Damascus between the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is spearheading a major offensive in Iraq, and rebels, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"ISIS executed eight men in Deir Hafer in the east of Aleppo province" on Saturday because they belonged to rebel groups that had fought against the jihadists as well as Mr Assad's forces, it said.

ISIS then "crucified them in the main square of the village, where their bodies will remain for three days", the Britain-based monitor said.

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