ISIS has executed nearly 700 prisoners in nearly two months in eastern Syria, a war monitor said on Wednesday, as clashes between US-backed forces and militants continued in areas near the Iraqi border.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the prisoners were among 1,350 civilians and fighters ISIS had been holding in a shrinking strip of land east of the Euphrates River around the town of Hajin, which US-backed forces entered this month.
Wednesday’s report comes nearly one week after seven mass graves containing hundreds of unidentified bodies were unearthed near the former ISIS stronghold of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria.
ISIS has been held responsible for multiple atrocities during its reign of terror, including mass executions and decapitations.
In recent months, both Syria and Iraq have discovered a number of mass graves in areas previously occupied by militants.
This report was followed by announcement by White House that U.S. forces are completely withdrawing from Syria.