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03/02/2015 05:47 GMT | Updated 03/02/2015 06:59 GMT

Islamic State Militants Throw Blindfolded 'Gay' Man Off Roof Then Beat Him To Death When He Survives

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Barbaric images have emerged from Syria showing a blindfolded man being thrown from a tower block and then beaten to death when he survived the fall.

The man was suspected of being gay and his killers are reported to be members of Islamic State (IS) in the city of Tal Abyad, in the northeast province of Hassakeh, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

Images show the grey-haired man sitting on a plastic chair as masked militants prepare to throw him over the top of the building.

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The blindfolded man is thrown off the roof of a building in the Syrian city of Tal Abyad

One holds a mobile phone to film his descent. The man’s plunge was also photographed from the ground, with subsequent pictures revealing the man sitting up on the ground, having survived the fall, no doubt with broken bones.

SOHR writes the man was beaten to death with rocks shortly afterwards as a crowed gathered.

The incident occurred late last month and is the latest in a serious of draconian punishments for homosexuality handed out by the terror group.

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The man's descent was filmed from below. On the ground the militants discover he has survived the fall (below)

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In December, pictures of a man accused of having “practiced sodomy” being thrown off a building were publicised by the group.

In a statement from Northern Iraq, IS said: “The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practised sodomy must be thrown from the highest point in the city.”

In November IS stoned to death two men accused of having "unlawful" sexual intercourse after explicit videos were allegedly found on one of their mobile phones.

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A crowd gathers around the still-breathing man, who was eventually stoned to death

The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission said: "At this time, to publicly call Iraqi men “gay” can only do harm. If the men did not identify as gay, the allegation is inaccurate and obscures the Islamic State’s motivation for publicly labeling them as such.

"If the men indeed identified as gay, extreme caution should be exercised and consultation held with those they loved as widespread publicity potentially exposes their families, loved ones and intimate partners to harm. Honour killings are pervasive in Iraq, so the safety of those most affected must be a paramount concern."

IS continue to hold ground in Syria and Northern Iraq and impose a strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.