Daesh video shows mass public execution in Syria’s Palmyra

Published July 4th, 2015 - 05:32 GMT
This video screenshot shows a mass public execution of several dozen Syrian government soldiers in the ancient Roman theater of Syria's Palmyra, most likely soon after Daesh's May 21 takeover of the city.  (AFP/File)
This video screenshot shows a mass public execution of several dozen Syrian government soldiers in the ancient Roman theater of Syria's Palmyra, most likely soon after Daesh's May 21 takeover of the city. (AFP/File)

Daesh released on Saturday a video showing several dozen Syrian government soldiers being executed in the Roman theater of Syria’s ancient Palmyra, AFP reported. 

The soldiers, donning green and brown uniforms, are shown being shot dead by children and teenagers. 

A thin crowd of men and some children also appears around the ancient seats of the theater to watch the public execution.

According to the video, the execution took place soon after May 21, when the extremist group seized the historic city. 

Daesh militants are said to have carried out over 200 executions in and around ancient Palmyra after capturing the city, according to British-based watchdog Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The fearsome symbolism of holding executions at the Roman theater worried Syria’s antiquities director Mamoun Abdelkarim, who told AFP the murders could mean the beginning of “the group’s barbarism and savagery against the ancient monuments of Palmyra.”  

“Using the Roman theater to execute people proves that these people are against humanity,” the director told AFP reporters.

Daesh militants overtook Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in May after days of fierce clashes with Syrian government forces, prompting international concerns for the fate of the city’s priceless artifacts. 

Daesh has not yet claimed to have destroyed any structural ruins, but according to a video, the group plans on destroying ancient “idols” once used for worship. 


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