The boys, believed to be under the age of 18, were killed in Syria and their bodies displayed with placards hung around their necks announcing their “crime”.
Their deaths in the town of Mayadin, Deir Ezzor province, were reported by the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Founder Rami Abdel Rahman said residents reported the boys’ bodies were “suspended from a crossbar” near the so-called Islamic State’s religious police headquarters.
“Apparently, they were caught eating,” he told the AFP news agency, adding that the signs hung around their necks claimed they broke the Ramadan fast “with no religious justification”.
According to the Muslim Council of Britain, the requirement for Muslims to abstain from taking food from sunrise to sunset during the month does not apply to children, pregnant women, the ill, elderly or people who are travelling.
It is not the first time children have been killed or crucified by Isis – in February, a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child report recorded “several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive”. A still of an Isis video called The UN and human rights groups have recorded the murder of children as well as enforced conscription into Isis ‘cubs’ terror training camps
A month later, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reported that Sharia courts in the group’s Iraqi stronghold of Mosul were sentencing people to “crucifixion” for banditry, as well as passing down sentences including stoning and amputation for minor and unproven offences.