Seventeen executed in Syria's Palmyra: monitor

Published May 21st, 2015 - 06:03 GMT

Daesh militants (ISIS) executed at least 17 people on Thursday, after the group took control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, AFP has reported.

Civilians were among those killed, according to the monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

 "IS executed 17 people, including civilians and loyalist fighters. At least four of them were beheaded," Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the monitoring group, told AFP.

Mr Rahman said the civilians were working for a local administrative council. He added that the fighters included at least one regime soldier and also members of the National Defence Forces, which is a pro-government militia.

AFP said a Syrian activist told the agency via Facebook that Daesh ordered residents to stay indoors.

"IS is preventing residents from leaving their homes and is combing civilian houses" to find people loyal to the regime, said the activist who calls himself Mohammad Hassan al-Homsi.

At least 460 people were killed in the battle for Palmyra that began on May 13, according to the Observatory. This included 49 people who were executed by Daesh.

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