Islamic cleric calls for rape of non-Sunni women in Syria

April 6, 2013 by  
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An Islamic cleric has issued a fatwa calling for the rebels in Syria to rape women who are not Sunni Muslim as part of their campaign to oust President Assad.

Aleppo has been ravaged by the fighting

Aleppo has been ravaged by the fighting

Syria, April 04, 2013: Salafi Sheikh Yasir al-Ajlawni  posted the message on YouTube, saying it was “legitimate” for Muslim fighters who are trying to put in place an Islamist government to “capture and have sex with” Alawites, the sect to which President Assad belongs, and other non-Sunni, non-Muslim women.

He described non-Muslim women as “melk al-yamin”, a Quranic term for non-Muslim sex slaves.

The fatwa follows a similar edict by Saudi cleric Muhammad al-Arifi a few months ago in which he told jihadi fighters that they had the right to have sexual intercourse with captured Syrian women.

These incitements to rape put Christian women in an especially vulnerable position. As perceived supporters of President Assad, Christian communities have frequently been targeted by the rebels, who have looted their properties and committed numerous kidnappings and killings.

On Good Friday (29 March), more than 350 Christian families had to flee their homes in Sheikh-Maqsoud, Aleppo, when opposition fighters invaded. A Barnabas contact in Aleppo said:

Two young men have been beheaded, many houses robbed, stolen, damaged, tens of kids lost but then found by their parents, many more awful, inhuman, unbelievable events took place… Kidnapping, raping, killing, stealing and damaging are progressing in this area and becoming the norm.

– barnabas team

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