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A Closer Look at the Horrors of Life for People Under ISIS Control

Although the eyes of the world are on ISIS because of the videotaped beheadings of foreign hostages, the terrorist regime is just as brutal in their treatment of the people living under their direct control. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights just published the story of a woman’s fortunate escape from an ISIS death sentence. The woman had been sentenced to death by stoning for the crime of adultery, in an ISIS controlled area in northern Syria, in the small town of Raqqa. A group of gunman were there to carry out the sentence.

The group of executioners threw heavy stones, hitting her repeatedly. Just as they thought she was dead, she pulled herself up and began to walk away. When one of the jihadists went to grab her, an Islamic jurist stopped him. “Her sentence is done. Let her go and repent to her God,” he said.

“An IS militant was about to open fire at her when an Islamist jurist intervened and stopped him saying it was God’s will that she did not die,” The Observatory wrote.

Such “mercy” is rare. The Observatory reports that fifteen people, nine of them women, have been executed by ISIS in Syria since July 2014. Their crimes have been adultery and homosexuality.

A December 2013 report from Amnesty International cites rampant torture, flogging and summary killings by ISIS, which say it applies strict Shari’a law.

“Those abducted and detained by ISIS include children as young as eight who are held together with adults in the same cruel and inhuman conditions,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Former detainees have described horrific floggings with cables, electric shock and stress position tortures. While some of those imprisoned by ISIS are accused of theft or other crimes, many are held because of “crimes” against Shari’a, such as smoking or sex outside of marriage. Some are political prisoners who have challenged ISIS’s rule or who belong to another political faction.

According to Amnesty’s report, children have been among those who have been tortured, including one 14-year-old child accused of stealing a motorbike who was repeatedly flogged over a period of days.