Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group

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Posted: Aug 16, 2014 1:40 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said that reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province.

(Reporting by Oliver Holmes; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)