Displaced Syrians are seen at a makeshift camp near the village of Tarshan, some 20 kilometers north of Raqqah on February 6, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Takfiri terrorist group has imposed an ‘Afghan-style’ dress code on men in Syria
’s northern province of Raqqah so that its members can’t be distinguished from civilians.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights made the revelation on Monday, saying, “Daesh has imposed Afghan-style dress on residents of Raqqah so that informants giving coordinates to the US-led coalition will not be able to distinguish between civilians and fighters.”
The UK-based group’s director, Rami Abdel Rahman, said that civilians and the families of Daesh terrorists
were attempting to flee into Raqqah Province from neighboring Aleppo.
“Thousands of families in recent days have tried to reach the administrative borders of Raqqah Province, along with around 120 families of fighters and commanders of Daesh,” the monitoring group said.
A Syrian activist also confirmed the report of the dress code imposed by the terrorist group, adding that, “Anyone who does not comply faces prison and a fine.”
Abu Mohamed described the situation in Syria’s Raqqah as dire and said there was a “state of alert” in the northern province.
“Prices are skyrocketing and there is no electricity or water,” he noted.
Syria has been battling foreign-backed militancy for six years. Over the past few months, the Syrian army has made significant gains against terrorists, including the liberation of the strategic city of Aleppo in late 2016.
Syrian government forces plan to liberate Raqqah from the Daesh Takfiri terror group, which has named the city as its so-called headquarters in the Arab country.
Since 2014, the United States, along with a number of its allies, has been leading a so-called anti-terror campaign in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
The US-led coalition says it is working with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of armed groups led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), to try to defeat Daesh in Raqqah. However, there have been numerous reports of US-led airstrikes targeting Syrian civilians, military and infrastructure.