Palmyra Theater

Islamic State Uses Rome’s History, Savagely Executes People In Bloody Spectacle At Colosseum

Over the past year or so, the world has been subject to the atrocities the Islamic State (also known as ISIS and ISIL) have done in the name of their cause. The Inquisitr reported on such atrocities to inform the public just how dangerous the terrorist group truly is. This includes their inhumane treatment of women, especially Yazidis, their genocide of Christians, and how they execute those who stand up to them such as the Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

The aforementioned reports are in general part of the Islamic State’s “ethnic cleansing.” However, they are also known for “cultural cleansing,” resulting in the destruction of ancient sites surviving throughout history. However, if the site fits their needs, the Islamic State will take it as their own. Recent reports now show the Islamic State has taken a page out of Roman history and brought back savage public executions in a Colosseum.

According to IJReview, Islamic State militants executed about 20 men in an ancient amphitheater in the Syrian city of Palmyra on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. This is confirmed through sources inside the city by the British-based Syrian Observatory of Human Rights. Rami Abdulrahman of the Observatory provided the following statement.

“They executed around 20 men in the Roman amphitheatre and called people to watch.”

The public executions in the Colosseum — which are part of Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old ancient ruins which is a UNESCO World Heritage site — happened within one week after the Islamic State took control of the city. According to Reuters, 400 people were killed by them in their fight against government forces trying to protect Palmyra. However, the most important detail is the fact this is the first time the Islamic State has taken a Syrian city directly from government control. Given that fact, the reason why the 20 men were executed is because they were accused of being government supporters.

[Image via Jerzy Strzelecki/Wikipedia]

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