Hamas orders male hairstylists out of lady salons

(02-21) 09:08 PST GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) —

A Gaza rights group says the ruling Hamas militant group has barred male hairdressers from working in women’s salons.

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights said Monday that five male hairdressers were interrogated and forced to sign declarations that they wouldn’t work in women’s salons. Male hairdressers for women are rare in conservative Gaza where genders rarely mix in public.

Hamas tried to impose a similar ban last March, but backed down after an outcry.

It’s the latest attempt by Hamas to impose its strict version of Islamic law on Gaza’s 1.5 million people. The group took control of Gaza in 2007. It has also banned women from smoking waterpipes or riding behind men on motorbikes.

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