ISIS-held Sharia court in northern Syria. File photo
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ERBIL – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group has banned the internet in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, local sources said on Saturday.
The ISIS-affiliated Sharia Court has issued a decision to close all internet cafés in al-Bukamal city and other areas of Deir ez-Zor province.
“The Sharia Court hasn’t explained the reasons for banning internet in the province,” an activist told ARA News on the condition of anonymity. “It’s not clear whether the ban is temporary or permanent.”
Local sources in al-Bukamal reported that the radical group has banned the use of satellite internet devices “completely”.
“We are not allowed to use the internet anymore, not even in our houses,” a local activist told ARA News on the phone.
The ISIS-led Sharia Court has vowed that anyone violates the decision “will be mercilessly punished”.
Speaking to ARA News, media activist Sarai al-Din said: “People of al-Bukamal city and in the villages of El-Bu Omar, Mouhasan, Mireiyah, Biwel, Sallou and Zibari are disconnected from the outside world after ISIS militants closed all internet cafés and confiscated all private internet devises on Saturday”
“This ban is mainly meant to prevent media workers and human rights activists from reporting on the ongoing atrocities by the terrorist group against civilians in Deir ez-Zor and its countryside,” al-Din said.
Reporting by: Raman Yousef
Source: ARA News