Syrian Rebels Raping Women Is OK In Koran Decrees Islamic Cleric

Patrick Frye - Author
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Aug. 23 2017, Updated 1:44 a.m. ET

Syrian rebels raping women is now officially okay in the Koran according to a decree by an Islamic cleric.

News of Syrian rebels raping women has slowly been surfacing over the last several months. Erika Feller, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, claims the Syrian conflict is “increasingly marked by rape and sexual violence employed as a weapon of war to intimidate parties to the conflict destroying identity, dignity and the social fabrics of families and communities.”

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The Women Under Siege Project found that 80 percent of rapes in Syria are female victims, while 20 percent are male. Female victims range in age from 7 to 46 and 40 percent allegedly involve gang rape.

Rape is apparently used as a weapon in the Syrian government’s detention centers. One prisoner remembers: “The daily rape took place in front of the other girls. That was the time they would remove the blindfold so the girls could see what was happening before their eyes, and wouldn’t know when their turn would come.”

But some Syrian rebels consider raping women a legitimate act underneath the dictates of the Muslim holy book the Koran. Non-Muslim sex slaves are called “melk al-yamin” in the Koran, which is also used in reference to non-Muslim women sometimes.

Islamic cleric Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-Ajlawni, part of the Alawites sect, decreed in a YouTube video that Syrian rebels raping women is okay by the Koran as long as they’re non-Sunni. He claims it’s a “legitimate fatwa for Muslims waging war against Mr. Assad and trying to put in place a Sharia government to capture and have sex with Alawites and other non-Sunni, non-Muslim women.” Another Islamic cleric “sent forth a fatwa a few months ago giving jihadi fighters the right to have ‘intercourse marriage’ with Syrian women they caught, and for that act to take enough time ‘to give each fighter a turn.’ ”

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