ISIS executes 700 tribe members in Syria

Published August 17th, 2014 - 06:09 GMT

ISIS terrorists have executed 700 people from a tribe in eastern Syria, a monitoring group says.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which opposes the Syrian government, said on Saturday that many of the victims from the al-Sheitaat tribe were beheaded in the Deir al-Zor province.

Clashes between ISIS and the tribe intensified after the militants captured an oilfield in July.

Observatory director Rami Abdelrahman said, "Those who were executed are all al-Sheitaat," which has a population of 70,000 people.

"Some were arrested, judged and killed," Abdelrahman added.

The UK-based monitoring group said that "there are more than 1,800 members of the tribe, who are still missing."

On Friday, the United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution against the ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq, calling on them to "disarm and disband with immediate effect."

The ISIS terrorists currently control a swathe of eastern Syria and western Iraq.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011.

More than 170,000 people have been killed and millions displaced due to the violence fueled by Western-backed militants.

The Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and, Turkey -- are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

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