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Syria, the Islamic State hunts for “witches” in Deir Ezzor

The Islamic State hunts for “witches” in Deir Ezzor. A person accused of sorcery was killed in al-Hussan. IS jihadists do not hesitate to take risks, operating in SDF territory, in order to eliminate the “threats”

The Islamic State in Eastern Syria has launched a new type of campaign: the “witch” hunt. A group of militiamen broke into a house in the village of al-Hussan, west of Deir Ezzor, killing a person inside. He had been accused of sorcery, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). It is only the latest case of a growing phenomenon in the region, which in the last month has already seen several victims among the local population. It is not clear how IS jihadists identify their targets. It is certain, however, that they are afraid of them. In fact, they have no qualms about striking in areas controlled by the SDF to eliminate the “threat”, even if they run many risks.


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