CAIRO – A leading international rights group on Wednesday released a report documenting atrocities by Libya’s Islamic State affiliate — including instances of “crucifixions” and shooting a man to death for “cursing God” — in the coastal city of Sirte, a stronghold of the militants.
Human Rights Watch recounts “scenes of horror” that followed the city’s seizure by ISIS militants in February 2015, with beheadings of dozens of residents accused of being spies or sorcerers.
Men were flogged for acts such as smoking or listening to music, and fathers were ordered to “marry off their daughters” to the group’s fighters as ISIS spread a wave of terror among the townspeople.
The 41-page HRW report entitled “‘We Feel We Are Cursed’: Life under ISIS in Sirte, Libya,” is based on interviews with 45 Sirte residents conducted by the New York-based group in March. The residents were among the two thirds of the city’s 80,000-strong population that fled after Islamic State overran Sirte.
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