Syrian teenage girls forced to marry ISIS jihadis in Deir ez-Zor

An ISIS militant with his bride waving the group's flag in a bedroom. File photo

ARA News 

ERBIL – Dozens of Syrian girls in Deir ez-Zor province were forced by the extremist group of Islamic State (ISIS) to marry its jihadis, local sources reported on Friday.

ISIS leadership in Syria’s eastern province of Deir ez-Zor issued a statement last week, calling on families to allow their young daughters to marry with the group’s jihadis, threatening those who refuse the orders to be mercilessly punished. 

“More than thirty forced marriages were documented in a week in Deir ez-Zor. Most of the brides were teenagers who have been pushed by their families to marry militants of ISIS for fear of punishment,” a media activist and member of the campaign ‘Deir ez-Zor Is Being Slaughtered Silently’ told ARA News on Friday.

“Forced child marriage phenomenon has largely increased in areas under ISIS control in the past few months. The militant group has legalized those marriages through its Sharia Court,” said the activist, who preferred to stay anonymous for security reasons. 

The campaign of ‘Deir ez-Zor Is Being Slaughtered Silently’ was launched by a group of Syrian activists in Deir ez-Zor province nearly two years ago. The group has been documenting ISIS violations to human rights in the province.

“At least two fathers were executed last week for refusing to allow their young daughters marry ISIS jihadis,” the source added. 

Reporting by: Salar Qassim 

Source: ARA News

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