Just when it seems the horror can grow no deeper, ISIS shows that man’s capacity for cruelty knows no bounds.
The terrorist group, famous for posting online videos of beheadings of innocent victims, now takes depravity to new depths: Children have been executed. And as people flee the violence in Syria, a species faces extinction.
Here are things to know about what is going on now with ISIS — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — which seeks to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.
Children reported massacred
More than 90 people — including at least 11 children — have been executed by ISIS fighters in the central Syrian city of Palmyra in the last seven days, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told CNN on Sunday.
Many of the people killed were family members of Syrian regime forces or policemen, said Rami Abdurrahman, the observatory’s executive director.
About 11,000 people have fled Palmyra and its surrounding villages after ISIS took control of the area, the U.N. Refugee Agency said last week.
Syrian State TV, citing local sources inside Palmyra, reported Sunday that 400 people have been killed in the city as fighting has raged.
ISIS has taken control of the city, and it is feared that the group may now destroy Palmyra’s ancient treasures.