Islamist issues fatwa allowing rape of Syrian non-Sunni women

Posted Apr 8, 2013 by Katerina Nikolas
The rape of non-Sunni women in Syria by fighters opposed to the regime of President Bashar Assad, has been legitimised by a fatwa issued by an Islamic cleric.
Syria: Smoke from expolosions can be seen rising into the sky.
Syria: Smoke from expolosions can be seen rising into the sky.
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The Washington Times reported Salfist cleric Sheikh Yasir al-Ajlawni posted a YouTube video saying he was preparing a legitimate fatwa for Muslims fighting to topple Assad to "capture and have sex with” non-Sunni women. The fatwa would legitimise the rape of Christian, Alawite and other women in Syria not belonging to the Sunni sect of Islam.
According to Ind Catholic News Catholic missionary Father David Fernandez of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Aleppo, confirmed the issuance of the fatwa by the Jordanian Ajlawni. Fernandez said according to the Sheikh "capturing and raping Alawi or Christian women is not contrary to the precepts of Islam."
Fernandez said that in the Cheikh Maksoud district of Aleppo around 300 Christian families have fled the rebel fighters, though many Armenian Catholics and Greek Orthodox remain. He said stories of women linked to the regime being raped, are circulating.
Christian girls are kidnapped by anti-regime fighters according to Syria News which reports they are raped by fighters who are told it is Halal.