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ISIS Releases Video Purporting To Show Child Killing Hostage

A highly stylized propaganda video released by Islamic State extremists on Tuesday purports to show the killing of a Palestinian hostage by a young boy.

The Islamic State group identifies the hostage as Muhammad Musallam, a 20-year-old Israeli citizen.

The 13-minute-long video was released by the group’s media outlet Furqan and is similar to other releases by the group. The footage begins with an all-black background and title cards that are similar to those used by the group in previous videos. This text is followed by a sequence with special effects akin to a spy film or video game, which claims to show information about agents of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.

The video then cuts to Musallam, a resident of East Jerusalem. Musallam is shown speaking to the camera while wearing an orange jumpsuit. He details his alleged recruitment by Israeli intelligence and journey to Syria to report on the Islamic State group. At times his account is shown in a flashback through a black-and-white re-enactment of events.

The next scenes appear to show Musallam kneeling in front of two members of the militant group, one a bearded man in camouflage who speaks in French. The other is a young boy, who appears to shoot the hostage in the head with a handgun.

Footage of the alleged killing is shown in slow motion, and the child is depicted shooting Musallam repeatedly after the initial shot. The video then freezes on a frame showing the boy, which is imposed over the skyline of Jerusalem. The video ends with the same computerized effects showing alleged Mossad agent files as seen earlier in the clip.


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