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ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul has banned sports shops from selling sportswear, local sources reported on Saturday. 

Local activists confirmed that ISIS-led security forces [also known as Hisba police] have been wandering in Iraq’s Mosul markets since three days, arresting a number of people, including women for violating the Islamic dress as well as the men who shaved their beards. This coincided with a siege imposed on the city by the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, supported by the US-led coalition forces.

Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, media activist Abdullah al-Malla said a patrol for the ISIS-linked Hisba police has informed owners of sports shops in Mosul’s Dawasa market about the new orders regarding banning the sale of sportswear.

The ISIS group views selling and wearing sportswear as “a blind imitation of infidel Westerners”, al-Malla cited an ISIS Hisba officer as saying.

“The Hisba police ordered owners of sports shops to sell swords, spears and saddles instead of sportswear,” the source told ARA News. 

ISIS jihadis have put huge constraints on civilians in Mosul, issuing new strict regulations every once in a while, according to local sources. 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News

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