ISIS executed at least seven women and several children Thursday in the Islamic-State-held areas of western Mosul in Iraq, according to a monitoring group.
The Observatory for Defense of the Rights of Women and Children said that the victims were executed after allegedly refusing to engage in so-called sexual jihad with the extremists. Sexual jihad refers to the practice in which women purportedly boost fighters’ morale by having sex with them.
A statement released by the monitoring group said that ISIS performed the executions in public in the Sarj Khana district of Old Mosul.
“After they refused to have sexual jihad, IS placed them under house arrest,” the statement read, adding that ISIS is intensifying security measures to prohibit civilians from escaping Islamic-State-held areas as the Iraqi army advances against the jihadists.
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