IS jihadists execute 23 civilians near Syria's Palmyra: NGO

An image taken from a propaganda video released by the Islamic State's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows IS fighters raising their weapons (AFP Photo/)

Beirut (AFP) - Fighters from the jihadist Islamic State group on Friday executed 23 civilians, including nine children, near Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, a monitor said.

"The Islamic State group executed by gunfire 23 civilians, including nine children, in the village of Amiriyeh, north of Tadmor," said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman.

He told AFP that family members of government employees were among those killed near Palmyra, also called Tadmor in Arabic, as the jihadists closed in on the UNESCO world heritage site.