Palmyra mass grave: Tortured women and children among dozens of ISIS victims

The Syrian army has found a mass grave containing the bodies of 42 civilians and soldiers executed by ISIS in Palmyra, a military source said Saturday.

The military on Friday “uncovered a mass grave of officers, soldiers, members of the popular committees (pro-regime militia) and their relatives,” the source told AFP.

He said that 24 of the victims were civilians, including three children.

“They were executed either by beheading or by shooting,” the source said.

The bodies have been transferred to a military hospital in the provincial capital Homs and some have been identified, he added.

Initial examination of the bodies revealed that some of the victims had been beheaded while other had been brutally tortured before their deaths.

The army continues to excavate the mass grave, fearing that more bodies may be found.

Engineering units continue their search for landmines and explosives as thousands were hidden by the jihadists before they were driven out of the city with the help of the Russian forces working with the Syrian Army.

On Sunday the Syrian army, backed by Russian forces, recaptured Palmyra and its UNESCO-listed ruins, which IS had overrun in May 2015.

During their nearly 10-month occupation of Palmyra, the jihadists executed at least 280 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor which confirmed the discovery of the mass grave.

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