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ICC Note:
Politics in crumbling Syria continue to be complex.  A Fatwa against “immodest dress” has been issued in the rebel capital of Aleppo.  This challenge the notion of a sectarian war fought being fought by rebels in support of democracy.  ICC continues to express concern about the radical elements within the Syrian opposition forces, and their funding by Western sources.
07/02/2013 Syria (AINA) -Islamist rebels in Syria’s northern city of Aleppo issued an order on Monday banning women from dressing in what it considered provocative styles, angering some locals who accuse the group of overstepping its powers.
The Islamic law council of Aleppo’s Fardous neighbourhood issued a fatwa, or religious edict, banning all Muslim women from wearing “immodest” dress and announcing plans to apply such rules to all female inhabitants.
“Muslim women are banned from leaving the house in immodest dress, in tight clothing that shows off their bodies or wearing makeup on their face,” the statement said. “It is incumbent on all our sisters to obey God and commit to Islamic etiquette”.
Hardline Islamist groups have increasingly taken the lead in the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule. Many units, some of which are linked to al Qaeda, have stretched their influence beyond the battleground and established police and administrative councils in some rebel-held areas.
But these groups’ ascendance is stirring resentment among many Syrians, who are increasingly reporting incidents of Islamist councils silencing or even attacking groups with different views.
It was not possible for Reuters to verify the council’s fatwa, as access for foreign media in Syria is limited. But several residents of Aleppo confirmed the reports.

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