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Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Islamic State (Isis) today of having tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobane.
The humanitarian group based its conclusions on interviews with several children who were among more than 150 Kurdish boys abducted in late May as they were returning home after taking school exams in the city of Aleppo.
It said that around 50 of them had escaped early in their captivity, while the rest were released in batches - the last returning on October 29.
Four of the released children told HRW that they had been held in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, describing frequent abuse at the hands of the extremists who used a hose and electric cable to administer beatings.
"This evidence of torture and abuse of children by Isis underlines why no-one should support their criminal enterprise," said Fred Abrahams of HRW.
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