Report: Syrian 'Adultress' Who Survived Stoning by ISIS Given Reprieve

Islamic jurist stops militants from shooting the woman after she tried to flee the execution site, says it was 'God's will' she survived.

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ISIS fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, in this June 30, 2014.
ISIS fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province, in this June 30, 2014.Credit: Reuters

A Syrian woman stoned by Islamic State for alleged adultery and left for dead survived the brutal sentence and was allowed to live, AFP reported on Friday.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the woman was sentenced by a court in the ISIS-stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria, and was then stoned by militants.

They thought she had died, but then she stood up and started to flee. They were about to open fire at the woman when an Islamist jurist stopped them, saying it was "God's will that she did not die," the Observatory said.

The jurist then told the woman she could flee, but that she must "repent" for her sins of adultery, the Observatory reported. It did not specify when the incident occurred.

Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is infamous for its brutal treatment of women and the harsh interpretation and application of Islamic law in the large swathes of Syria and Iraq that it controls.

In December 2014, Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights announced that ISIS had executed 150 women, some of them pregnant, for refusing to marry its militants. ISIS also released a guide for the treatment of female slaves, setting rules for the rape and trafficking of women.

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