ALEPPO, Syria, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 20th july, 2016) - Syrian residents and the opposition expressed outrage on Wednesday at the brutal beheading of a child by a rebel group in Aleppo city, describing it as a "heinous act". The horrific murder, captured in footage circulated on social media Tuesday, was carried out by Islamist rebels who accused the boy of fighting alongside government forces. "How could they slaughter a child like this?" said 25-year-old Bassel Zein, a barber in the opposition-held Al-Kalasseh neighbourhood of Aleppo. "He should have been tried in a fair way and maybe swapped with the regime for rebel detainees instead of this heinous act," he said. Other residents said the beheading tarnished the name of the opposition, and at an Aleppo mosque on Tuesday night, Imam Mohamed Badawi railed against the killing.