Syrian activists say a total of 116 people were killed in the central Syrian town of Al-Qaryatayn while Islamic State (IS) militants were in control.
Speaking to newsmen on the recorded deaths, Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said on October 23: “IS has over a period of 20 days executed at least 116 civilians in reprisal killings, accusing them of collaboration with regime forces.”
Syrian government forces recaptured Al-Qaryatayn in Homs Province on October 20, three weeks after the IS group seized control of it.
“After the regime retook it, the town’s residents found the bodies on the streets,” Abdel Rahman said. “They had been shot dead or executed with knives.”
More than 80 of them are believed to have been executed in the two days before IS militants lost the town, he added.
US-led forces expelled the militants from Raqqa, which served as their main stronghold in Syria, barely a week ago.
The IS group has been steadily losing ground in both Syria and Iraq over the last two years.