Saudia Arabia: Man beheads 6-year-old boy for being a Shia Muslim

Zakaria Al-Jaber
Zakaria Al-Jaber
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A six-year-old boy was reportedly beheaded in front of his mother at a Saudi Arabian mosque for belonging to the wrong branch of Islam.

Zakaria Al-Jaber’s mother reportedly watched her son being stabbed in the neck with a piece of glass until he was beheaded.

Zakaria and his mother were approached while visiting a shrine to the Prophet Muhammad in Medina and asked if they were Shia Muslims, The Mirror reports.

The mother allegedly said yes, and shortly after a car pulled up beside them, an occupant from the car snatched Zakaria away from her and stabbed him repeatedly.

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Saudi Arabia’s prominent branch of Islam is Sunni, accounting for almost three-quarters of the population.

A social media campaign has since emerged online called #JusticeforZakaria. The hashtag has already spread widely, with people sharing heartfelt tributes to the young boy.

The Shia community in Saudi Arabia are also mourning for Zakaria.

Washington DC-based human rights group, Shia Rights Watch, told The Mirror there has been no intervention from Saudi authorities.

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