Isis has released pictures purporting to show boxes of halal chicken intended for starving civilians being burned on a huge pyre, because the birds had been killed in the US.
Two trucks transporting boxes of food aid were apparently stopped at a checkpoint in Aleppo province in an area under the militant group’s control on Wednesday.
Images from a propaganda account affiliated with Isis show militants emptying the trucks, which were filled with chicken legs, fruit and vegetables, and dumping them at the bottom of a hill in the Akhtarin countryside, in north Aleppo.
The boxes of chicken were labelled ‘Koch Foods’, a chicken company in the US.
The United Nations estimates that 9.8 million people are in need of food assistance in Syra.
Abu Mohammed Hussam, an activist with the Syrian group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), said militants noticed the meat, while halal, was from an American company and immediately destroyed it.
When asked why they burned the meat, he told The Independent: “Isis said that the chicken is not slaughtered the Islamic way. The chicken was supposed to be going to civillians.”
He said Isis’s self-declared ‘Hisba’ police force regularly stops vehicles at crossings and has burned meat in the past which it claimed was not suitable for consumption.
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