Twelve workers at a Christian ministry in Syria were beheaded by Islamic State group militants on Aug. 28 for refusing to renounce their faith and convert to Islam, according to Christian Aid Mission. The alleged murders took place in a small village outside Aleppo, which the militant group had taken over on Aug. 7, the Christian Aid Mission reported.
According to the Christian Aid Mission, the missionaries were not required to stay at their ministry base in the village, and the minister who trained the workers had urged them to leave as Islamic State group, other rebel groups and the Syrian government turned Aleppo into a war zone. The workers insisted on staying to provide aid to survivors.
Relatives said that after capturing the Christian workers, Islamic State group questioned them about whether or not they had renounced Christianity for Islam. The workers said that they had not, to which the militants asked if they wanted to convert to Islam.
When the workers said that they would never renounce Christianity, the militants cut off the fingertips of the ministry leader's son, a 12-year-old boy, in front of a large crowd the militants had summoned, reports Daily Mail.
The militants continued to torture the boy, and told his father they would stop if the boy converted to Islam, but both the boy and his father refused.
The militants then beat the father and two younger ministry workers before crucifying them, according to the Daily Mail. Eight other ministry members were taken to another site in the village on the same day and asked the same questions.
Two women, ages 29 and 33, were reportedly publicly raped. Afterward, the two women, along with the six other men in the group, were beheaded.
“It is like going back 1,000 years seeing the barbarity that Christians are having to live under — I think we are dealing with a group which makes Nazism pale in comparison and I think they have lost all respect for human life,” said Patrick Sookhdeo, founder of the Barnabas Fund which seeks to aid Syrian Christians, in an interview with the Daily Express.