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ISIS fanatics ‘called people to watch’ as they executed 20 local men in a Roman ampitheatre in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a watchdog has claimed.
The men were shot dead in the restored ruin, which had been used for an annual festival in the city, in front of the crowd on Wednesday.

The murdered locals were accused of being government supporters, according to a report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

‘IS executed 20 men by firing on them in front of a crowd gathered in Palmyra’s Roman theatre, after accusing them of fighting for the Syrian regime,’ Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.

He added: ‘IS gathered a lot of people there on purpose, to show their force on the ground.’
The report could not be independently confirmed – however, ISIS is known for its brutal and public ‘executions’ against those who break their so-called laws.

Supporters for the group also took to Twitter to boast that a number of people had been killed by the group inside the amphitheatre,which forms part of the city’s 2,000-year-old ruins which are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Islamic extremists took control of the city – the first the violent militants have grappled directly from government hands – last week.

Already, they have killed at least 200 people and taken around 600 captive, according to the Observatory.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned last Thursday of potential war crimes in Palmyra.
Thousands of people ‘risk to be exposed to arbitrary violent actions and more destructions of cultural sites might be perpetrated,’ Mogherini said.
IS ‘mass killings and deliberate destruction of archaeological and cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq amount to a war crime according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,’ she said.
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