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Voice of America 17 May 2020

Islamic State Wives Defy Coronavirus Measures in Syria


Islamic State wives are defying coronavirus measures in Syria's al-Hol camp. U.S.-backed local authorities in eastern Syria's al-Hasakah area say they are bracing for a possible coronavirus outbreak in the refugee camp, where thousands of Islamic State families are being detained. The authorities say IS wives are rejecting protective measures for religious reasons.

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