As the Syrian city of Manbij has celebrated its liberation from ISIS control this week following the offensive by the U.S.-back Syrian Democratic Forces, civilian women have been burning the niqab veils they were forced to wear under the Islamic State’s rule. Video captured by Kurdish TV shows a woman setting fire to the black niqab with a lighter, as children and other women look on, clapping and cheering before joining in. The niqab is designed to cover a woman’s face nearly completely.
Inside the caliphate, ISIS extremists have been known to enforce strict dress code rules for females, and penalize women with $10 fines for doing as little as showing their eyes in public.
Around 3,000 people have been freed of the Islamic State’s control after the SDF took control of about 70 percent of the city, according to Reuters.
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