Two teenaged boys in Syria were brutally punished by the Islamic State for eating during the day amidst the holy month of Ramadan, by being 'crucified'.
The two boys were under 18 years and were reportedly caught eating, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has revealed.
Muslims observe a strict fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, which is considered as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
Isis "crucified 2 boys under the age of 18 on the wall of al- Hesbah office in al- Bo Kamal Street in the city of al- Mayadin", the monitoring group said on its website.
Local ARA News also reported that Isis had executed the boys.
"IS terrorists hanged the two boys in a square in central Mayadeen for eating during Ramadan," a local said.
AFP had earlier reported that the two boys were hanged, but later corrected it to state that the boys were hanged by their wrists from a pole.
"Residents of the village of Mayadeen in Deir Ezzor province reported that Isis suspended from a crossbar two boys aged under 18 near the headquarters of the Hissba [jihadi police]," the monitoring group's chief, Rami Abdel Rahman, told AFP.
"The children have been suspended by ropes from a pole since noon, and they were still there in the late evening," he said.
As a warning to others living in the Islamic State, Isis militants also hung posters on the two youths that read: "They broke the fast with no religious justification."
Isis is known for meting out brutal punishments for even minor offences in their territory, with beheadings and hangings becoming a common occurrence since the caliphate was established last year.