A group of Syrian Islamist militants posted a series of photographs of a man having his hand cut off in a live-update on Twitter.
The live-feed of the amputation, which was carried out in the northern town of Maskanah, near Aleppo, was re-tweeted by several Jihadi social media channels.
One photo showed a blindfolded man with his hand being held down on a table while surrounded by a large group of militant rebels.
A man dressed in a traditional white robe stands in front of the table, and on the right side is a man in a black balaclava holding a large sword.
A later photo showed the man with his hand severed, the limb resting on the bloodied table.
The punishment was inflicted by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a pro-Al Qaeda Jihadist group that many fear is taking an iron grip over parts of Syria.
Waging war on Christianity, ISIS demanded any non-Muslims to pay a levy in gold of 14g and curb displays of their faith or face death – although less than one per cent of Raqqa’s 300,000 inhabitants are Christian.
In a statement, the group claimed to have met Christian leaders and offered them three choices: convert to Islam, accept the conditions, or face death.
It stated: ‘If they reject, they are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword.’
Many Christians fled after ISIS started attacking and burning churches. Punishments will also be issued to those who renovate churches, display crosses or other religious symbols, ring church bells or pray in public.
This is your hand. This is your hand under Islamic law.