Syria:Shocking images emerged on social media Thursday (23 April) of Islamic State (ISIS) militants stoning a gay couple to death, seconds after hugging them in ‘forgiveness.’
The photos were taken in ISIS-controlled territory in the Syrian province of Homs.
The first few images are close-ups of the two blindfolded men hugging their executioners in an apparent display of forgiveness.
ISIS sympathizers who shared the photos online claim the embraces showed compassion.
The men, who look remarkably calm, may have been given a cocktail of medication to reduce anxiety.
ISIS is known to use mind-altering drugs in filmed executions and public amputations.
Another image shows a huge crowd of young men who have gathered in the desert clearing to witness the execution.
The final image shows the two men’s battered bodies lying on the ground as at least four militants stand over them, hurling down fist-sized rocks.
See the images below: