A woman holds her children as they react after what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Masaken Hanano in Aleppo February 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Hosam Katan)
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Islamist rebels in eastern Syria have ordered women to put on the Islamic veil, warning that anyone not doing so would be held to account, in a concerted new attempt by hardliners to impose their strict views on society.Last month, the New York-based Human Rights Watch reported that the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- both hardline Islamist rebel groups -- were enforcing their strict interpretation of Islamic law by requiring women to wear head scarves and full-length robes.
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