- As Isis ‘beheads teenage boys for listening to pop music and missing Friday prayers’
An outbreak of fighting at a UN peacekeeping base sheltering civilians in South Sudan has killed at least seven people and injured 40, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday.
The seven displaced persons were living in the base in the northeast town of Malakal where violence between the ethnic Dinka and Shilluk communities broke out overnight and continued into the day, he said.
Ban condemned the fighting and expressed concerns about the rise of ethnic violence in the more than two-year conflict.
He warned “all parties against stoking ethnic disputes and calls on them to refrain from any actions or statements that could further escalate the situation,” according to a statement from his spokesman.
The UN chief reminded all sides that attacks on UN peacekeeping bases can constitute a war crime and urged them to implement a peace deal signed in August.
Fighting has continued in South Sudan despite the peace accord. Thousands have died and more than 2.3 million have been driven from their homes.
Nearly 200,000 civilians have sought shelter in the UN mission’s eight compounds in South Sudan since the conflict began.
Meanwhile, the Isis jihadist group has reportedly beheaded a teenage boy for listening to pop music and shot dead two others for missing Friday prayers, as part of a crackdown on personal freedoms in the group’s Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
The incidents, reported by Kurdish media, come with enemy forces lined up within miles of Mosul and with the group having suffered repeated military setbacks across Iraq.
According to ARA News, a 15-year-old boy named Ayham Hussein was caught during a patrol by Isis fighters, listening to music in his father’s grocery store.
A spokesman for the Kurdish Nineveh media center was quoted by ARA News as saying the boy was listening to “Western music”. “He was referred to the Sharia Court, which issued a decision to execute him.”
The boy was reportedly publicly beheaded, before his body was handed to his family on Tuesday evening.
It is impossible to verify the report, but Kurdish media seem to suggest the incident has led to rare public displays of outrage.
The official was quoted as saying it was the first case of its kind documented in Mosul, and there had previously been “no formal decision by the Sharia Court to ban listening to western music”.
Separately, ARA News also reported that two young men had been arrested last Friday for failing to attend prayers at the main mosque in Mosul.
Named local activist Abdulah al-Malla said they were shot dead outside the mosque on Sunday, adding: “The execution took place after a member of the Sharia Court read a statement vowing anyone who misses the prayers at the mosque to face the same punishment.”
In late January, a 14-year-old was reportedly beheaded on similar charges. Another activist, Nasser Taljbini, said his parents were “forced to witness the beheading of their own son”.