Isis commits new atrocities in Sirte, the jihadist stronghold in Libya. This complaint is from the final report by Human Rights Watch, which contains some “horror scenes” told by witnesses, which date back to February 2015.
Dozens of residents of the coastal town were accused of spying and beheaded; others were crucified and flogged for “crimes” such as smoking a cigarette or listening to music.
According to HRW, the Is gave its militants the seized houses and properties of the residents who had fled. In addition, the jihadists received medicines, food, fuel, and cash. Those who stay, the report explains, might die beheaded or shot, with charges that range from being spies or opponents to witchcraft and blasphemy.
“As if beheading and shooting alleged enemies were not enough – Letta Tayler, terrorism expert, says in the report -, in Sirte, Isis causes terrible suffering also to those Muslims who adapt to its rules.”
HRW attests to 49 executions in the city, but there are also numerous abduction or disappearance cases. Jihadists have opened at least three prisons, one of them in a former school. All banks were closed except one, and communications with the outside world are only possible through the internet point controlled by jihadists.
The university suspended classes after the Daesh had banned the teaching of subjects such as history and imposed separation between young men and women. Schools are managed by the Caliphate and teachings focus on religion and Islamic law. “The nature and extent of Isis executions and other acts in Libya – HRW says – can make us call them crimes against humanity.”