Daesh’s defeat in Raqqa came at a heavy price. AFP / Delil souleiman
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For the first time in years, Syrians in Raqqa can choose to observe a relaxed Ramadan, without the rigid regulations imposed by Daesh (ISIS) and their religious police.For more than three years, residents of Raqqa were subjected to Daesh's ultrastrict interpretation of Islamic law – particularly stringent during the holy month of Ramadan.Muslims around the world fast from dawn until dusk, but in Daesh territory, anyone caught eating or drinking water was subject to draconian punishments.A U.S.-backed offensive ousted Daesh from Raqqa in October after months of clashes and bombardment that left much of the city in ruins and littered with explosives.Daesh had clamped down on satellite dishes and any form of entertainment seen as contrary to religion.Daesh's defeat in Raqqa came at a heavy price.Under Daesh, he was sentenced to 40 lashes and three days in prison, and his bakery was forced to close for two weeks.
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