The Islamic State’s Raqqah Division released photographs of the stoning of a woman in the city of al-Tabaqa. The photographs were published on the jihadist group’s Twitter page.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Islamic State “applied the first ‘stoning to death’ judgement on a woman in al-Tabaqa city in the charge of adultery last night in the public souq of Tabaqa, she was stoned to death.”
The statement accompanying the photographs reads: “Carrying out the punishment of stoning on a chaste [Arabic: muhsina, in Islamic law this word can mean ‘married’] woman, a group of believers attended the stoning #Islamic_State,” according to a translation by Oren Adaki.
The photographs are reproduced below. First, an Islamic State official, likely from its sharia court, is shown reading a judgment. Then, a large crowd that witnesses and participates in the stoning is shown. It appears there are more than 100 people in attendance. The last photograph shows a man with a stone in his hand, preparing to throw it. The Islamic State did not show photographs of the woman as she was being stoned to death.
According to the SOHR, the Islamic State conducted a second stoning in the city of Raqqah. The stoning of the second woman was carried out “in a square near the Municipal Stadium, where the IS fighters threw her by stones to death after bringing a pickup full of stones because people refused to participate of stoning.”
Photographs from the first stoning: