Savage jihadis fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq have publicly flogged two men who were accused of secretly breaking the Ramadan fast and lying about their 'crime'.
Photographs released by ISIS' Information Office of the State of the Island - believed to refer to Samarra on the eastern banks of the Tibris river, show the men being punished in a desert clearing.
A young terror commander is seen reading out the charges against the two prisoners, while a huge crowd of bloodthirsty locals - including young boys no older than six, some of whom wear Western football shirts - struggle to get a better view of the brutal punishment.
The images begin by showing two terrified-looking men crouching in front of a group of ISIS commanders, one of whom carries a large whip.
Pick-up trucks daubed with pro-ISIS slogans surround the men, suggesting they were arrested by the terror group's religious police force, known as the Hisbah.
While a young commander reads the charges against the condemned men, several boys can be seen poking their heads from behind the vehicles to get a better view of the victims being flogged.
Another shot shows a massive crowd of children gathered at the flogging site, with young fathers holding theirs sons and elderly men struggling to view the atrocity from behind teenage boys.
Bizarrely, at least two of the boys wear football shirts belonging to Western clubs - Italy's AC Milan and France's Paris Saint-Germain - a chilling reminder of how their innocence is being corrupted by witnessing rape, massacre and unduly harsh public punishments on a near-daily basis.
Throughout the month of Ramadan, which began last Thursday, the majority of Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn until sunset.
For most Muslims around the world, fasting is down to personal willpower, but under the brutal rule of ISIS, which regularly stages public beheading, stonings and crucifixions those accused if crimes, the punishments for not obeying religious law is unsurprisingly harsh.
The shocking incident took place in the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province and involved boys 'aged under 18', according to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights.
The Hisbah, seized the two boys at some point over the weekend and suspended them from a pole in a public square alongside a placard informing passers by that the pair were being punished for eating during daylight hours.
Residents of the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province reported that IS suspended from a crossbar two boys aged under 18 near the HQ of the Hisbah', Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based human rights monitor revealed.
'The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening... Apparently, they were caught eating,' he added.
A placard was attached to the bodies reading 'They broke the fast with no religious justification'.
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