Syria

Rebels in Syria Execute 14-Year-Old Boy For Blasphemy

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Islamist rebel militiamen in Syria publicly executed a 14-year-old boy for mentioning the name of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a way they deemed blasphemous, according to the activistSyrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Observatory first reported Muhammad Qatta's death in the Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo yesterday, and said it released two videos showing his parents today to authenticate it. In one video, a woman identified as the boy's mother, said she witnessed his death. "His blood flowed in front of me," she said, her head covered with a large flowing scarf.

The Syrian National Coalition, the main political opposition, said in an e-mailed statement that if the report was true, the killing would be considered "a crime against humanity and a blatant violation of human rights."