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IS video shows soldier execution
04 Jul 2015 23:11
The self-styled Islamic State militant group has released a video showing 25 Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheatre in the city of Palmyra.
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The video documented an execution that reportedly happened shortly after the jihadist group captured the city on 21 May.
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It shows the soldiers in green and brown military uniforms being shot dead on the amphitheatre's stage in front of an enormous version of the group's black and white flag.
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The executioners all appear to be children or teenagers and are wearing desert camouflage and brown bandanas.
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The killings are carried out in front of a relatively sparse crowd of men and some children watching from the ancient theatre's seats.
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IS reportedly carried out more than 200 executions, including of civilians, in and around Palmyra in the period when it captured the city.
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The executions in the Palmyra amphitheatre were first reported on 27 May by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitor, less than a week after IS captured the city.
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At the time, Syria's antiquities director Mamoun Abdelkarim said he feared the killings could signal the start of "the group's barbarism and savagery against the ancient monuments of Palmyra".
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