As many as 1,000 people are feared to have been killed in an ISIL-held village in Syria, where the corpses of over 200 people have already been discovered in a mass grave.
The announcement expressing fear of the massacre by the Takfiri terror group was made Thursday by a UK-based Syrian opposition group, a day after 230 bodies were found in a mass grave at the al-Kashkiya village, which is controlled by the ISIL terrorists.
“There are still 1,000 people missing from the Shoueitat tribe. We believe they were all executed by Islamic State (ISIL) fighters when they advanced into the village of al-Kashkiya last summer,” said Rami Abdel-Rahman, the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The development comes as activists affiliated with the observatory reported Wednesday that the bodies of Shoueitat tribe members were discovered by their relatives after the Takfiri terrorists allowed them to return back into the village, which is located in eastern Syria’s oil-rich province of Deir al-Zour.
The terrorists have in recent weeks allowed the Shoueitat members to return to their village after the latter pledged to comply with the rules imposed in the area by the group, including a ban on public gatherings and carrying arms.
If the casualty figures are confirmed, it will bring the total number of the Shoueitat tribe members executed by the ISIL since August to nearly 1,900.
The alleged executions were carried out by the armed Takfiri group in retaliation for the tribe’s uprising against the ISIL, according to the observatory.