JNN 20 July 2014 Damascus : Militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group have massacred 270 Syrians since capturing a gas field in Homs province, most of whom were executed, a pro-opposition Observatory group said.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday it had documented “the death of 270 people killed in the fighting or executed” since the ISIL militants seized the Shaar field in central Syria.
“A large majority of the men killed were executed at gunpoint after being taken prisoner following the takeover of the camp,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
“Eleven of the dead were civilian employees, while the rest were security guards and National Defence Force members,” he added.
On Saturday, Syrian forces, a day after launching a counter-attack, had “re-taken large areas of Shaar”, Abdel Rahman said. “Fighting is continuing around the gas field”.
The counter-attack had left at least 40 ISIL militants dead said the Observatory.
The fate of nearly 100 people who worked at the site remained unknown, according to earlier figures released by the Observatory.
Gruesome footage recorded by the ISIL militants at the gas field and distributed via YouTube showed dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, strewn across a desert landscape.
One video shows an ISIL militant posing with the bodies as he speaks in German Mixed with religious terms in Arabic, seemingly celebrating the killings.
“Thirty martyrs were brought to Homs hospital from the Shaar gas field… Homs is still bleeding,” a pro-government Twitter user was quoted by The Telegraph as saying. He called the events a “massacre,”although no official comment from the Syrian government was given.
The Islamic State has declared a “caliphate” in areas it captured in both Iraq and Syria, while the harshest and most unforgiving form of Islamic Sharia law has been imposed.
In Eastern Syria, in Raqqa, two women were stoned to death on Friday and Saturday for adultery, the report by the Observatory claims.
The death toll in the Syrian conflict, meanwhile, has climbed to 170,000 following three-plus years of fighting.