Syrian refugees in Jordan protest pilot's murder

AMMAN (AA) – Hundreds of Syrian refugees on Wednesday staged demonstrations in the Zaatari refugee camp to protest the killing of Jordanian air force pilot Moaz al-Kasasba by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group.

Protesters chanted slogans against the ISIL, which reportedly posted a video online showing al-Kasasba being burnt alive.

The murder sparked anger in the Hashemite kingdom, which is a member of an ongoing U.S.-led air campaign against the ISIL.

Shortly after the pilot's killing, Jordanian authorities executed two Iraqi nationals – Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziyad al-Karbouli – who had been on death row since 2006 after being convicted of terrorism by a Jordanian court.

The ISIL had demanded the release of al-Rishawi –sentenced to death in Jordan for her alleged role in a spate of deadly hotel bombings in Amman in 2005 – in exchange for the Jordanian pilot's release.

Last summer, the ISIL captured large swathes of land in Iraq and Syria, killing thousands of people in the process. It later declared the captured territories to be part of a self-styled "Islamic caliphate."

Since the group captured the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June of last year, a U.S.-led coalition – including Jordan – has carried out numerous airstrikes against ISIL targets in both Iraq and Syria.

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