A shocking video published earlier this week sparked wide outrage since it showed the Syrian ‘Nureddin al-Zenki’ opposition militant group beheading an injured 12-year-old boy whom they accused of being a member of al-Quds Brigades, but turned out to be a Palestinian refugee.
According to Press TV, the graphic video was taken in Aleppo’s opposition-controlled US backed al-Mashhad neighborhood, and shows opposition militants taunting the boy who was injured and had a canula in his hand, accusing him of being a member of al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement, which reportedly fights alongside the Syrian government forces.
However, the Palestinian group issued a statement, denying the boy was a member, but identifying him as a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee.
The residents of Aleppo, however, denounced the act calling it a crime that ‘distorts the image of the opposition’.
Press TV said that the beheading militant group, Nureddin al-Zenki, is largely based in Syria’s Aleppo Province, and has received military support channeled from Turkey, including US-made anti-tank missiles.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy since March 2011, especially following the rise of Daesh group, which carried out horrific acts of violence, such as public decapitations and crucifixions, against all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians in areas they have overrun in the Arab country.