The Islamic State terrorist group has issued an order to those under its command to kill all children with Down Syndrome and other disabilities, according to an activist organization.
The Mosul Eye, an Iraqi-based activist group, says that ISIS supporters and members have already killed dozens of babies aged between one week and three months after the fatwa–or religious decree-was issued.
The babies were killed by suffocation or lethal injection, the group said.
One of the Islamic State’s so-called sharia judges issued the order.
“Through monitoring and following the death incidents of children with Down’s syndrome and congenital deformities, we were able to learn that the Shar’i Board of ISIL issued an ‘oral fatwa’ to its members authorizing them to ‘kill newborn babies with Down’s syndrome and congenital deformities and disabled children,'” Mosul Eye said in a statement.
“As if it is not enough for ISIL to kill men, women and the elderly, now they kill children.”
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh, currently controls territory in Iraq and Syria.
Previous reports including interviews with those who lived for a time under the terror group’s rule indicated that they rely on violence and brutality to govern.
The killing of disabled children has brought some to compare ISIS to the Nazis, which infamously killed thousands of disabled babies.
“I have just shed tears for these babies. I have two children with special needs, my heart is breaking,” said one Facebook user. “They are worse than the Nazis.”