ISIS forces 'child soldiers' to execute 25 Syrian soldiers in front of baying crowds
Published 04/07/2015 | 20:03
THE group calling itself Islamic State has released a harrowing execution from the historic city of Palmyra, in the Syrian desert.
A group of very young executioners are shown in the video being forced to brutally slaughter a group of more than 25 regime soldiers.
IS said the men were soldiers captured in the city of Homs. They were shot dead inside Palmyra's amphitheatre as a crowd looked on.
Stills from the video showed the killers to be young men, possibly even as young as 13 or 14.
While it is unclear when the video was filmed, it was distributed through accounts known to have links with Islamic State militants.
Several hundred men in civilian clothes are filmed sitting on steps watching the shootings.
In close-up shots of the men waiting to be killed, they appear to have been beaten on the face. A large IS flag is draped across the back of the stage.
On a command, the condemned soldiers are killed simultaneously with a shot to the head.
The militants captured the historic Syrian town in May from government forces.
Days later it executed 20 men in the same ampitheatre
Palmyra's Unesco world heritage site is famous for its 2,000-year-old Roman colonnades, other ruins and priceless artefacts. Before Syria's conflict began in 2011, tens of thousands of tourists visited the remote desert outpost, a cherished landmark referred to by Syrians as the "Bride of the Desert".