Most of the victims found near Hit were members of the police or an anti-Islamic State Sunni force called Sahwa (Awakening).

“Early this morning we found those corpses and we have been told by some Islamic State militants that ‘those people are from Sahwa, who fought your brothers the Islamic State, and this is the punishment of anybody fighting Islamic State’,” an eyewitness said. – 10/30/2014.

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