ISIS imposes curfew in Mosul after spread of anti-caliphate graffiti

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ISIS missiltant during a parade in Mosul, northwest Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – The walls of some seven streets in the Iraqi city of Mosul were covered with graffiti that called for rebellion against the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), local activists reported on Friday. Subsequently, the group imposed a curfew on civilians in the city that was seized by IS in June 2014. 

“The graffiti reflected our outrage about the atrocities of Daesh (IS) terrorists. They also reflected the hunger and deteriorating living conditions that people are suffering under the rule of the alleged caliphate,” an Iraqi activist in Mosul told ARA News on the condition of anonymity.

A group of anti-IS activists launched last week a campaign calling on the people of Mosul to revolt against the Islamic State.  

Some of the graffiti vowed the extremist group that “Mosul will be liberated soon”, threatening to kill the militant leaders “who caused a lot of suffering for civilians” in the city, the same source reported. 

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Abdullah al-Malla, a resident of Mosul, said: “Daesh (IS) has executed hundreds of innocent civilians, including women, under the pretext of violating Sharia regulations. We are Muslims and we are familiar with Sharia, but Daesh has created its own Sharia based on terrorism and the group has given itself the right to take lives. We won’t stay silent on all those atrocities.” 

“The group has raped many women, killed prominent doctors, engineers and tribal figures. Those radicals have also robbed and confiscated houses of displaced families. Additionally, they have been using civilians as human shields during their battles. Thus, we have nothing to lose anymore; we’ll raise in the face of those barbarians,” al-Malla said. 

The curfew imposed by IS in Mosul included the streets of Jazaer, Ilam, al-Bakir, al-Qadissiyah, al-Zuhour, Muthana and Tahrir, which witnessed the anti-IS graffiti campaign last week. 

Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef

Source: ARA News 

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