Islamists in Syria Execute 15 Year-Old Boy for Blasphemy
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based group opposed to the Syrian regime has reported that rebels fighting the Syrian regime have shot a 15-year-old boy dead in front of his parents and siblings after accusing him of blasphemy.
The boy, Mohammad Kattaa, a street vendor selling coffee, was from the Shaar neighborhood of the northern city of Aleppo.
The Observatory reported that Katta was arguing with another boy and used the name of Prophet Muhammad in a profane manner. He was overheard saying: “Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer.”
The gunmen, who belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a militant group that started off being known as the Nusra Front, took Qatta on Saturday and brought him back alive in the early hours of Sunday to his wooden stand, with whiplash marks visible on his body.
“People gathered around him and a member of the fighting brigade said, “Generous citizens of Aleppo: disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this.”
The report, based on testmony and pictures of the horrific event, said that the gunman then shot the boy twice, once in his mouth, and once in his neck, got into a car and left.
“The Observatory cannot ignore these crimes, which only serve the enemies of the revolution and the enemies of humanity,” the human rights group’s leader Rami Abdulrahman said.
According to a United Nations report presented in Geneva to the UN Human Rights Council, both government and rebel forces are both increasingly engaging in horrific human rights abuses including summary executions. Mass executions have been carried out publicly in locations such as Daraa and Aleppo, where the rebels have established judicial and administrative authority.