Government forces pound Aleppo for 2nd day

FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 photo released by the Syrian Presidency, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks to The Associated Press at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. The House on Nov. 15, overwhelmingly approved bipartisan bills to crack down on supporters of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and renew a decades-old Iran sanctions law. Swift passage underscored broad support on Capitol Hill for punishing financial backers of the Syrian government and maintaining economic pressure on Tehran.(Syrian Presidency via AP)

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Fresh wave of airstrikes hit Syria’s Aleppo

Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff speaks at a briefing at the Russian Defense Ministry’s headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Rudskoi said that Russian warplanes in Syria haven’t targeted populated areas and only struck militants’s facilities near Aleppo. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Russia compared to Nazis in UK Syria debate

Aftermath of attack on aid convoy in Urum al-Kubra, Syria (20 September 2016)

Aftermath of attack on aid convoy in Urum al-Kubra, Syria (20 September 2016)

A former cabinet minister has likened Russian bombing in Syria to Nazi attacks in Spain in the 1930s during an emergency Commons debate on the humanitarian situation in Aleppo

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Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo

 

Residents inspect damage after airstrikes by pro-Syrian government forces in the rebel held Al-Shaar neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria February 4, 2016. Reuters/Abdalrhman Ismail

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Fatwa for make-up: Islamists target women in rebel-controlled Syrian territories

AFP Photo / Karim Sahib

AFP Photo / Karim Sahib

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Syrian rebels have issued a ban on women using make up or wearing “immodest dress” in a neighborhood in the city of Aleppo. Critics have blasted the move as another attempt by Islamists to impose Sharia in rebel-controlled territory.

The fatwa (an order based on Sharia law) was issued by the Islamic law council in Aleppo’s Fardous neighborhood.

Muslim women are banned from leaving the house in immodest dress, in tight clothing that shows off their bodies or wearing makeup on their face. It is incumbent on all our sisters to obey God and commit to Islamic etiquette,” the statement on the Fardous council’s Facebook page says as cited by Reuters, which reports that Aleppo residents have confirmed the news.  

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‘I saw rebels execute my boy for no more than a joke’

Nadia Umm Fuad watched her son being shot by Islamist rebels in Syria after the 14-year-old referred to the Prophet Mohammed as he joked with a customer at his coffee stall in Aleppo. She speaks to Richard Spencer.

Nadia Umm Fuad who watched her son being shot by Islamist rebels in Syria after the 14-year-old referred to the Prophet Mohammed as he joked with a customer at his coffee stall

Nadia Umm Fuad who watched her son being shot by Islamist rebels in Syria after the 14-year-old referred to the Prophet Mohammed as he joked with a customer at his coffee stall Photo: Will Wintercross

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She was upstairs at home when she first heard the shouting. The people of the neighbourhood were yelling that “they have brought back the kid”, so she rushed out of her apartment.

“I went out on my balcony,” Nadia Umm Fuad said. “I said to his father, they are going to shoot your son! Come! Come! Come! I was on the stairs when I heard the first shot. I was at the door when I heard the second shot.

“I saw the third shot. I was shouting, ‘That’s haram, forbidden! Stop! Stop! You are killing a child.’ But they just gave me a dirty look and got into their car. As they went, they drove over my son’s arm, as he lay there dying.”

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