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Video by Fatma KIZILBOGA , Mayssa AWAD

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2016-09-14

Residents of Jarablus are struggling to move forward with their lives after Turkish forces and Syrian rebel allies pushed out the Islamic State (IS) group from the Syrian border town two weeks ago.

Jarablus, which was controlled by IS group jihadists for more than two years, was the first town re-captured by Turkey's army and Syrian allies in an offensive launched on August 24.

Ordinary people nevertheless admit they continue to live in fear, with most women in the town unwilling to change the strict dress code that was imposed by the extremist movement.

“We’re afraid that they might reappear, we’re still terrified. They’ve been suffocating us for the past two years,” one woman, a gray scarf tightly wrapped around her head and face, told FRANCE 24.

Women in particular have faced the brunt of the IS group’s radical rule and violent punishments, residents said.

Watch FRANCE 24’s full report from Jarablus by clicking on the player above.

Date created : 2016-09-14

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