(CBS SF) — The self-proclaimed Islamic state, or ISIS, has reportedly hurled a man believed to be gay off a Syrian high-rise as part of their continued war on the LGBT community, the U.K. based Daily Mail is reporting.
Images have emerged of the man, who was supposedly being punished for a “homosexual affair”, less than a month after ISIS extremists threw two other allegedly gay men off a building.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims the blindfolded man, believed to be in his 50s, sat on a plastic chair before he was hurled from the top of a seven-story tower block in the town of Tal Abyad.
Human rights witnesses on the ground report a crowd stoned him to death after he managed to survive the fall.
Islamic law condemns homosexuality and requires anyone sentenced to be thrown from the highest point of the city as punishment.
Last month, U.K. based Pink News reported two men were thrown from the top of a high-rise and that two others were crucified in front of a crowd as part of punishment for being gay.
In a September recruitment video, ISIS militants placed gay people in the same category as pedophiles and drug dealers.
“Who is gonna teach your children?” asks a fighter in the video. “It’s gonna be maybe a gay, maybe a drug dealer, maybe a pedophile. You know? So it’s very important for you to protect your children from these animals, from these dirty people.”
ISIS militants released a document on social media last month explaining rules of its “penal code” which is being brutally enforced across ISIS-held territory in Syria and Iraq.
The extremist group’s radical interpretation of Shariah law requires punishments to be carried out in an Islamic State court. After sentencing, the prisoner is taken into the center of town where men and young boys are encouraged to gather and watch the punishments, which range from crucifixion for stealing to stoning for adultery.
The British Government’s Foreign Office released a statement Wednesday saying, “ISIS is not Islam. It is extremism hiding under the banner of religion in order to carry out barbaric, appalling atrocities against Muslims and non-Muslims alike. ISIS makes no distinction between cultures countries or religion. We condemn ISIS’s treatment of all people, including LGBT individuals.”