Witnesses are reporting that the Islamic State terrorist organization has "crucified" dozens of men and boys in the streets of the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor who were allegedly caught breaking their fast and eating during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Eyewitnesses told the Syrian news agency ARA News that eastern Syrian streets are lined with crucified victims who violated the terrorist group's stringent religious requirement for people of all ages living in its territories to fast during the month of Ramadan, which lasts from June 17 through July 17.
"Those who break Ramadan are being crucified on electricity poles in Deir Ezzor," a witness said. "The roads are filled with crucified men who violated the group's strict regulations during Ramadan. There are dozens of victims who remain hanged on electricity poles across the province."
The ARA report links to a video, which it states is published by activists and shows people being "crucified alive" in the town of Hajin.
The video, which was posted to YouTube on July 3, shows a Syrian man slowly driving his car down a main road while he passes at least nine men and boys bound to to electric poles in the median of the street. The males were placed about a block apart from each other and some of the victims have signs placed around their necks.
A couple of the crucified males look to be in their early teens. All of them were clearly still alive.
While it's unknown whether those crucified in the video were eventually killed or allowed to live, Syrian activist Saray ad-Din told ARA News that ISIS has executed many people in the eastern Syrian cities of Deir Ezzor, al-Bukamal, Hatlah, Mayadin and Sabha.
Ad-Din added that ISIS has also instituted another form of public punishment. He said that the group has put some violators in cages that are viewable to the public in order for citizens to further witness the various ways ISIS ebarasses those who violate their strict religious laws.
"The group made many cages to lock up these 'fasting violators' and show them to public in order to humiliate them among people," ad-Din explained. "The alleged caliphate of al-Baghdadi has seen various kinds of punishments during Ramadan."
As previously reported in late June, ISIS executed and crucified two children in Mayadin on the charge that they violated the fast.
According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the boys were caught eating. They were later killed and displayed with placards around their necks that stated "not fasting in Ramadan."
As ISIS' caliphate has been in existence for over a year and has enforced a very strict Islamic code, SOHR estimates that ISIS has executed over 3,027 people, including 74 kids and 86 women who were accused of committing various crimes such as eating during Ramadan, sorcery, adultery and even watching soccer.