Civilians from villages surrounding Mosul were evacuated away from the frontlines, as Iraqi forces continued their operations to retake the city. Some families were reunited in a refugee camp after more than two years apart. Photo: Getty Images
Heartbroken Alice Assaf claims IS militants killer son because he was called George and refused to identify himself by a Muslim name. Picture: YouTube/Roads of Success
A GRIEF-STRICKEN mum has claimed Islamic State extremists “kneaded children to death in bakery machines” in Syria.
Alice Assaf claims her son was killed “because he was called George” and refused to identify himself by a Muslim name, The Sun reports.
She said Christians were slaughtered by IS in Syria, with children kneaded to death in bread machines and “men baked in ovens”.
She has told of the horror inflicted by the terror group after they allegedly targeted her home town in Syria some two years ago.
Despite her desperate pleas, Ms Assaf’s son George refused change his name — and was beaten to death before being shot by militants.
“They took him to a backyard to shoot and kill him. They killed him because his name was ‘George’,” she told Roads Of Success, a US-based NGO that works to “advance human rights in the Middle East”.
She also said when troops attempted to intervene, children as young as four were thrown from the top of balconies in a bid to scare soldiers away.
“We heard that the militants grabbed six strong men working at the bakery and burned them inside the oven,” she said. “After that, they caught some 250 kids and kneaded them like dough in the bakery dough machine.”
Alice Assaf (left) shared her horrific tale with Roads of Success. Picture: YouTube/Roads of SuccessSource:Supplied
The haunted mum was able to flee the area alive — but her son was buried in a mass grave. She still has no idea where his body is, she says.
“His last words were ‘I don’t want to hide myself’,” said Ms Assaf. “He went on to say ‘you are the one who taught me to follow what Christ said, whoever denies me before men, I will also deny them before Heaven’.”
Hundreds of desperate people trying to flee Mosul were suffocated today after IS fighters set fire to a sulphur plant. It sent poisonous gas across the city, putting severe pressure on hospitals in Mosul which were overwhelmed by people suffering from breathing problems.
It follows a barbaric act by terrorists to use a bulldozer to dump corpses in a mass grave at the city’s abandoned College of Agriculture. All 284 victims, including children, are believed to have been shot.
This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.