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Islamic State Issues Terrorist Travel Ban Due To Coronavirus, Advises Them To ‘Stay Away From Sick People’

Jonathan Vankin - Author

Mar. 16 2020, Updated 9:01 a.m. ET

While in the United States Donald Trump has banned travel from most European countries, in the Middle East the Islamic State terrorist organization has also now issued edicts restricting its own fighters from travel to and from countries that have been stricken by the coronavirus pandemic.

In an edition of the Islamic State newspaper al-Naba published earlier this week, the terrorist group advised its members to “refrain from entering virus-hit states,” adding that “infected” IS terrorists “should not exit them,” as quoted by the Saudi Arabia-based news service Al-Arabiya.

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The list of measures to be taken in order to avoid contracting coronavirus is largely similar to the precautions urged by most health organizations and governments, and includes such advice as “stay away from sick people,” as well as hand-washing, and covering the mouth while sneezing or coughing.

But unlike the advice offered by the various health groups, the Islamic State also counsels members to “put trust in God and seek refuge in Him from illnesses,” according to writer Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, who posted a full translation of the al-Naba article on his blog earlier this week.

“It’s the thing you’ve all been waiting for,” Al-Tamimi wrote on Twitter, as quoted by Al-Arabiya. “The Islamic State’s advice on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.”


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