BEIRUT - Fighters of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Syria
executed 11 men they accused of taking part in massacres by President Bashar Assad's forces, a video published on Thursday showed.
A man whose face
was covered in a black balaclava shot each man in the back of the head as they
kneeled, blindfolded and lined up in a row in the eastern province of Deir
"The sharia court for the eastern region in Deir al-Zor has
sentenced to death these apostate soldiers that committed massacres against our
brothers and families in Syria," the executioner said on the
Islamist militants with black flags shouted "God is great" as each
man was shot. The executioner returned to some victims, firing more bullets into
them to make sure they were dead.
The video is the second in two days to
show such executions by fighters who say they are from al-Qaida-linked
A video posted online on Wednesday from the northern province of
Raqqa, which is controlled by Islamist rebels, showed three blindfolded men
sitting on the curb of a central roundabout before being shot in the head with a
A man speaking in the video said the executions were revenge for
killings in the coastal town of Banias two weeks ago. Photos and videos of the
alleged Banias massacre showed dozens of mutilated bodies, many of them
children, lying in the streets.
Videos of executions and torture have
become increasingly common in Syria, where more than 94,000 people have been
killed in a conflict now in its third year, according to the Syrian Observatory
for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group.