Islamic State bans specific food products, brands of shoes and clothes in Raqqa

Veiled women sit on a bench in Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Damascus, Syria – Local sources from the IS-held city of Raqqa reported Friday that the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) prevents importation of some food products that Syrian residents used to consume.

One of the residents of Raqqa told ARA News (on the condition of anonymity) that the group banned food products such as “Andumi and cubes of Maggie”, justifying that such products are unhealthy and contradict Sharia teachings. 

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, local activist Suhair Khalil described the living conditions in the city as “miserable”.

“The IS terrorists are imposing their fist on all aspects of life. Although they’re unable to provide residents with any food supply, they still ban civilians from importi../../../2015_2F05_2Fislamic-state-bans-specific-food-products-brands-of-shoes-and-clothes-in-raqqa/ng basic food products to the city of Raqqa___8221.css; she said. 

“Life became unbearable in Raqqa, but people are stranded in the city and are not allowed to leave. They’re obliged to endure these miserable conditions under the rule of this radical group.” 

“Civilians are tremendously terrorized by the group,” the source added.

In a related development, activists said that the group banned wearing shoes and clothing of specific brands that have connotations and meanings contrary to Islamic principles.

Khalil told ARA News that some brands and signs may have sexual meaning as a “Nike, Whore, Vicar, Vixen and Bad Boy”. “The group doesn’t accept such signs appear on the clothes of residents in Raqqa.”

Media activist Asaad Amir told ARA News on the phone that the shortage information about the daily life of civilians in Raqqa “makes the situation more tragic”.

“It’s quite hard to obtain accurate information about the nature of life in the city of Raqqa,” he added.

Amir believes that fear makes people “more silent” in Raqqa. “There are a lot of untold stories that should be brought to the public attention about people’s miserable life under ISIS.”


Reporting by: Adel Hassan

Source: ARA News

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