Islamic State bans private internet access in Syria’s Manbij

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An Islamic State fighter. File photo

ARA News

KOBANE – The Islamic State (ISIS) radical group has banned  private internet access in the city of Manbij in Syria’s northern Aleppo province, activists reported on Sunday.

The ISIS-affiliated Sharia Court issued a decision to close all private internet cafés across Manbij city. It also banned the residents from using any internet devices at home. 

“The ban comes after the group carried out a campaign of arrests targeting media activists in Manbij,” local activist Nassir Taljbini told ARA News on the phone. 

“ISIS tries to prevent media workers and rights activists from reporting on its atrocities in Manbij city. That’s the main reason for the new decision,” the source said. 

The Sharia Court has vowed that anyone who violates the decision will be “mercilessly” punished.  

Activists said that only ISIS-linked internet cafés are allowed to operate in Manbij, as the terror group can monitor online activities of the clients there.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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