Images have surfaced showing Islamic State jihadists tossing an allegedly gay man off a building to an eager crowd of thousands below, who seemingly approved of the act, the Daily Mail reports.
Hundreds gathered in the streets of Raqqa, which is the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria, before the ISIS jihadis blindfolded the allegedly gay man and threw him off of a multi-story building into the streets.
Local activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently released images of the events as they unfolded. The photos are stamped with the ISIS Al Hayat Media Center logo, which in all likelihood means that they are part of a yet-to-be released ISIS-produced video.
The photos show the victim, who is believed to be in his twenties, abruptly launched off of the building face first to his death.
There are at least six documented cases of similar incidents, where men ISIS accused of being gay have been thrown off of a tall building as punishment.
In January and February, men accused of being homosexuals were thrown off of a building to large crowds below. On both occasions, the men survived the fall but were then stoned to death by the mobs on the streets.
“It’s too much to watch, and people are just standing there in these images and watching, and they are not doing anything, and their facial expressions are really scary because they are not even scared of what is going on,” Nour, a gay Syrian man, told CNN.
“LGBT people in Syria need help, and they need to be supported. We tried to reach out to some groups, international entities, and they said that LGBT people in Syria are not our priority, and that would mean that our lives are not worthy for them to rescue,” he added.