BEIRUT – Dozens of Syrians demonstrated in Aleppo on Tuesday, calling for the arrest and punishment of extremists who executed a teenager accused of “blasphemy,” a watchdog group said.
“Dozens of young men demonstrated outside the . . . Islamic court in the Shaar district of Aleppo to demand the arrest and punishment of the killers of the child martyr Mohammad Qattaa,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
A video filmed by activists and distributed by the Observatory showed a group of demonstrators waving the flag of the Syrian uprising as they protested in the Aleppo neighborhood on Tuesday.
Qattaa, 14, was executed Sunday by a group of Islamist fighters believed to be from outside Syria who accused him of blasphemy for using a common Arabic phrase that refers to the Prophet Muhammad. The Observatory said the boy was executed in front of his parents, shot in the mouth and the neck.