A despicable video has appeared online, where United States-backed rebels fighting to overthrow the government of president Bashar al-Assad are seen brutally beheading a boy as young as 11, for spying on them.
The horrific incident took place in the Palestinian refugee Camp Handarat, located in Northern Aleppo, Syria. Since the video appeared, the United States has not commented on it.
The rebel group Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki was reportedly formed in late 2011, during the start of the Syrian Civil War. The group has fought to topple the Syrian government, and also defeat ISIS. The United States government continues to give considerable support to the group, as they fight ISIS and Syrian government troops. The group is also part of the so-called moderate rebels, which the United States is currently funding to fight in the civil war.
The Daily Mail reports that the United States supply Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki with money, BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missiles and other logistics to ISIS and the Syrian government.
According to explanation accompanying the horrific video, the group claimed they beheaded the boy because he spied on them for another rebel group, the Liwaa Al Quds. Liwaa Al Quds is a pro-Syrian government Palestinian paramilitary faction made up of Palestinians driven from their homes in the Handarat Camp by other rebel groups opposing the Syrian government. The group now fights alongside the Syrian Army to retake the camp they lost.
The sickening video showed Nour al-Din al-Zenki fighters in the back of a SUV truck with the young boy, who they claimed is part of the al-Quds rebel group. According to the rebels, the boy has been spying on them for al-Quds, and the maximum punishment for him is death by beheading.
In the horrific video, one of rebels held the boy by his hair and slapped him in the face. He then placed the boy face-down in the back of the SUV truck with his arms tied firmly behind his back.
Thereafter, one of the rebels shouted “Allahu Akbar,” meaning God is great. He then took out a small knife out, cutting the impoverished boy’s throat with the highest form of brutality. As the executioner was cutting, other rebels surrounding him cheered, while the boy was eventually brutally murdered.
After beheading the boy, the executioner held the head of the boy up in the hair and continued chanting. He later placed the head at the boy’s back and jumped from the SUV. The video then ended.
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Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has condemned the brutal killing of the boy, urging Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki leaders to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice.
SOHR later reported that the leaders of the rebel group have given assurance that those who killed the boy, will stand trial.
SOHR published a statement on its website, claiming that it was from the leaders of Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki. The statement said: “Individual mistake does not represent the policy of the movement. All persons who carried out this abuse were arrested.”
However, we were not able to independently verify that the statement was indeed issued by the Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki rebel group, or the claim that the perpetrators of the crime have been arrested is true.
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