Christians’ private property confiscated by ISIL militants in Syria’s Raqqa

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Raqqa church before (L) and after (R) being transferred by ISIL into a Sharia center. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) confiscated on Sunday private property of Christian families in Ein al-Issa area (where Armenians constitute a majority) in Raqqa province, northeast of Syria.

An eyewitness from the area, who preferred anonymity, told ARA News that the ISIL group confiscated property of several Christian families in Ein al-Issa after forcing them to leave the area.

ISIL group has earlier transferred the main church in Raqqa city into a Sharia center, and took it as an administrative headquarter for the group.

Al-Qaeda splinter group of ISIL also asked peasants in the region to pay their “Zakat” (alms and donations given for the poor according to Islam teachings) to the group (ISIL), preventing them from giving alms to the needy or relatives or even neighbours as it used to be.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Suleiman, civil activist based in Raqqa, told ARA News that on Friday ISIL members flogged a woman in the city in front of al-Noor Mosque, without giving clarifying reasons, “despite the fact that the woman was wearing Islamic dress” (which was imposed by ISIL group on women in Raqqa province).

 

Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News

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