Women are burning their burqas and men shaving off their beards in a show of defiance against ISIS after escaping from the terrorist group’s stronghold in Syria.
Civilians in Raqqa tore off their traditional dress and set it alight after being liberated from the city on Thursday.
And some of the men immediately began shaving off their facial hair in a move to ‘spite’ Islamic State.
Strict dress codes were implemented by ISIS, requiring women to wear long, black robes over their dresses and cover their faces almost entirely with black burqas.
One woman, who had exposed her face, refusing to wear the veil, said: “They killed my son because he wouldn’t pray.
“They didn’t allow us to take his body for a whole week.”
One man, who was having his beard trimmed by a barber said defiantly: “Cut it all off, cut it all of to spite ISIS.”
He then smiles as his hairdresser nods in agreement.
Islamic State has now been defeated in its main stronghold in the Iraqi city of Mosul and is under pressure in its base in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
Yesterday, Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes against Islamic State in an area of countryside east of Raqqa and close to where US-backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported, citing a military source.
The attacks in the town of Maadan and village of Bir al-Sabkhawi, near the provincial boundary with Deir al-Zor governorate, “destroyed several bases and vehicles” belonging to the Islamist group, the source said. full story