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Jihadists order total cover-up for Syrian women

Members of the the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militant group raising their index finger, as they loot the ammunition from a Syrian army base in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa July 25, 2014.

BEIRUT: The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a activist group said Thursday.

"Women... are completely forbidden from showing their eyes," said the statement, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said was distributed in ISIS-controlled areas of Deir al-Zor province in the east.

Women are also forbidden from wearing "open abayas (traditional black gowns) that reveal colourful clothes worn underneath", it said.

Abayas, it added, "must not be decorated with beads, sequins or anything else" and women "must not wear high heels."

"Anyone who violates this will be penalized," it added, without elaborating on the punishment.

Last month, ISIS declared the establishment of an Islamic "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq.

The group has been accused of committing some of the worst atrocities in Syria's more than three-year war, including mass kidnappings and summary executions.

In parts of Deir al-Zor city that are under jihadist control, the group also distributed a statement forbidding the sale and public use of nargileh (water pipe) tobacco and cigarettes, the Observatory said.

"In its effort to implement Islamic law and to fight evil things, it is completely forbidden to sell cigarettes and nargileh anywhere," it said, citing the jihadists who also forbade "smoking in public."

ISIS first emerged in Syria's war in late spring last year.

It has taken over large swath of formerly opposition-held areas, after fighting rebels seeking President Bashar Assad's overthrow.

In recent weeks, it has fought on multiple fronts against regime troops, rebels including Islamists, and Kurdish fighters.

 

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