In this July 29, 2014 photo, militants parade in Beiji, some 250 kilometers north of the capital, Baghdad, Iraq. (AP)
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BEIRUT: The Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code for women in eastern Syria, forbidding them from showing any part of their bodies, a monitoring group said on Thursday.
“Women… are completely forbidden from showing their eyes,” said the statement, which the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said was distributed in IS-controlled areas of Deir Ezzor province in the east.
Women are also forbidden from wearing “open abayas (traditional black gowns) that reveal colorful clothes worn underneath,” it said.
Abayas, it added, “must not be decorated with beads, sequins or anything else” and women “must not wear high heels.”
“Anyone who violates this will be penalized,” it added, without elaborating on the punishment.
In parts of Deir Ezzor city that are under jihadis’ control, the group also distributed a statement forbidding the sale and public use of nargileh (water pipe) tobacco and cigarettes, the Observatory said.
“In its effort to implement Islamic law and to fight evil things, it is completely forbidden to sell cigarettes and nargileh anywhere,” it said, citing the jihadis who also forbade “smoking in public.”