Islamists ban smoking in Syria’s Raqqa



ARA News

Urfa, Turkey– Local activists stated to ARA News that the Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed on Friday three civilians in Raqqa city, northeast of Syria. 

A local media activist in Raqqa, who preferred to remain anonymous, told ARA News that the three men refused to submit to ISIL’s decision to ban smoking in the city −which falls under the group’s control.

“ISIL members were trying to force the three men to put out their cigarettes as a step to reinforce the recently issued decision of ISIL group which entails banning smoking in Raqqa city. As one of them (the three men) refused to submit to the order, a quarrel occurred between those men and ISIL members,” the source said, adding: ” who demanded them to put out their cigarettes as the ISIL bans smoking in areas which fall under its control. One of the members of ISIL fired, killing two of them, while the third man died in the hospital as a result of his injury.” 

Noteworthy, the city of Raqqa has seen raids and inspection campaigns carried out by ISIL militants against anti-ISIL activists and those who violate the group’s orders.

According to local sources in the city of Raqqa, ISIL members have repeatedly patrolled the city streets to observe whether women comply with the Islamic dress codes imposed by the group. 


Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News


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