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Islamic authorities in Russia’s Dagestan ban full-face veil after assaults

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In this picture taken from video launched by The Telegram Channel of the top of Dagestan Republic of Russia on June 24, 2024, a view of the broken the Kele-Numaz synagogue in Derbent after a counter-terrorist operation in republic of Dagestan, Russia.
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Islamic authorities in Russia’s mostly-Muslim North Caucasus area of Dagestan on July 3 briefly banned girls from carrying the niqab full-face veil, after simultaneous assaults concentrating on church buildings and synagogues killed 22 final month.

In an announcement posted on the Telegram messenger app, the Dagestan Muftiate stated it was introducing a “temporary” ban on the niqab after an attraction from Russia’s ministry of nationality coverage and non secular affairs.

Reports following the assaults on June 23 stated one of many gunmen had deliberate to flee carrying a niqab.

The muftiate, a spiritual organisation representing Dagestani Muslims, stated that the ban would stay in place “until the identified threats are eliminated and a new theological conclusion is reached”.

The niqab, a mode of veil that covers many of the face and physique, originated on the Arabian Peninsula and gained some reputation in Dagestan amid an Islamic revival within the area that adopted the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Though solely a small minority of Dagestani girls put on full-face veils, niqabs have been a typical sight within the area’s bigger cities.

Similar veils are banned by regulation in a number of European and post-Soviet international locations.

Twenty-two individuals have been killed in a simultaneous assaults on Orthodox church buildings, synagogues, and police checkpoints throughout Dagestan on June 23. Security forces stated they killed 5 attackers in gun battles that left a synagogue within the metropolis of Derbent gutted by flames.

Dagestan was within the 2000s and 2010s affected by an Islamist insurgency that spilled over from neighbouring Chechnya, although safety within the area had improved lately.

In October, an anti-Israeli mob stormed the airport within the Dagestani capital Makhachkala looking for Israeli residents and Jewish individuals arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv.

Five months later, 145 individuals have been killed in a March assault on a Moscow live performance corridor that was claimed by ISIS’s Central Asian affiliate. Russian authorities detained a number of Tajikistani nationals it stated had staged the gun and bomb assault.

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