The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Pro-regime Druze militia in Syria hangs Daesh member

Pro-government Druze militiamen hanged a member of Daesh (ISIS) in Syria’s Swaida on Tuesday, an activist group said, just days after the extremists executed a young hostage from the minority group.

Daesh abducted more than 30 Druze civilians — women and their children — from a remote village less than two weeks ago, during a brutal onslaught in the southern province.

The hostage situation and beheading has sparked outrage among the Druze, and on Tuesday a militia struck back.

“A member of Daesh was detained during an attack against a pro-regime position in the Swaida countryside,” said Rami Abdel-Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

During the assault, a Daesh suicide bomber killed four government loyalists but other militia members managed to detain a second extremist fighter.

“Druze militiamen loyal to the regime executed the Daesh fighter in one of the public squares in Swaida city, by hanging,” said Abdel-Rahman.

Swaida 24, a local news outlet, said the Daesh member had been caught Tuesday morning in a desert area of the province.

Hundreds of people watched the execution, according to both the Observatory and Swaida 24.

Swaida province is the heartland of the country’s Druze minority, which made up around three percent of Syria’s pre-war population — or around 700,000 people.

On July 25, Daesh waged a series of suicide bombings, shootings, and stabbings that left more than 250 people dead across the province, most of them civilians.

It later emerged the militants had also kidnapped more than 30 Druze women and their children during the attack.

While Daesh claimed responsibility for the violence, it has made no mention of the abductions on its usual channels.

But local sources say the group is using the hostages as a bargaining chip to pressure Syria’s government to release extremists in its custody.

A top Druze religious official told AFP the negotiations were taking place with Russian mediation, and in coordination with Syria’s regime.

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