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Monday, June 10, 2013

Why Syrians are unlikely to be better off under rebels than under Assad: 15-year old boy murdered for 'heretical comment'

I'd like you to meet Muhammad Qatta. Muhammad Qatta was a 15-year old boy from Aleppo (front and center in the picture above) who was murdered by the Syrian rebel group Nusra Front (now known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) for making a heretical comment while working at his coffee stand.
The Observatory, which based its report on witness accounts of the killing, said Qataa, who was a street vendor selling coffee in the working-class Shaar neighbourhood, had been arguing with someone when he was overheard saying: "Even if the Prophet Mohammad comes down (from heaven), I will not become a believer."
The gunmen, who belong to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a militant group that started off known as the Nusra Front, took Qatta on Saturday and brought him back alive in the early hours of Sunday to his wooden stand, with whiplash marks visible on his body.
"People gathered around him and a member of the fighting brigade said: 'Generous citizens of Aleppo, disbelieving in God is polytheism and cursing the prophet is a polytheism. Whoever curses even once will be punished like this."
"He then fired two bullets from an automatic rifle in view of the crowd and in front of the boy's mother and father, and got into a car and left," the report said.
Abdulrahman said the boy's mother had pleaded with the killers, whose Arabic suggested they might not be Syrian, not to shoot her son. Qataa's parents said the youth had taken part in pro-democracy demonstrations in Aleppo.
For those who think they have the stomach for it (it's very graphic which is why I am not posting it), you can find the picture of Qataa's dead body on the Facebook page of the Syrian Observatory for Human rights here.

If God forbid I was a Syrian, I would be trying to escape to the safest country possible, which is probably Jordan.

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