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ISIS execute teenage boy for having sexual relations with ISIS leader

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Syria’s eastern city of Deir ez-Zor have executed a teenage boy by throwing him off a roof for being gay, reported Syrian independent press agency ARA News quoting local sources.

The report quoted an informed source as saying that the 15-year-old victim was arrested on charges of homosexuality after being captured ‘in the house of an ISIS leader’ earlier on Thursday.

‘The boy was accused of being engaged in a homosexual relation with the prominent ISIS officer Abu Zaid al-Jazrawi,’ ARA News quoted media activist Sarai al-Din.

Abu Zaid is said to have been spared his life but stripped of his position and expelled to northwestern Iraq to join the fighting fronts at the insistence of ISIS top commanders.

Quoting pro-ISIS sources, the Sharia Court in Deir ez-Zor had originally demanded the execution of the ISIS leader for having same sexual relations.

Civil rights activist Raed Ahmed told ARA News in a previous interview, ‘Daesh [ISIS] accuses people of being gay only on the basis of some superficial information without any investigation. Although the Islamic law bans homosexuality, but the brutal punishment by Daesh has never been witnessed throughout history.’

The militant group, which controls parts of Syria and Iraqi, has executed dozens of allegedly gay men by throwing them off the tallest building where they were arrested and publishing photos on social media.