Instead of urging to jihadists to attack the West, one militant terrorist group, concerned about the spread of the coronavirus, is ordering followers to stay away.
The Islamic State is telling its members to avoid traveling to Europe because of the coronavirus and telling those already there and afflicted to remain, multiple outlets reported Sunday.
In the latest edition of its weekly newsletter, al-Naba, ISIS directed members to “stay away from the land of the epidemic,” Politico reported.
The newsletter contained a full-page infographic on coronavirus protection.
“The healthy should not enter the land of the epidemic and the afflicted should not exit from it,” al-Naba’s newsletter read.
The graphic promoted “sharia directives” for militants, which explained how to reduce or lessen the spread of the virus.
Tips included covering the mouth “when yawning and sneezing” and cited the Hadith, a collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad.
“Cover the vessels and tie up the waterskins, for there is one night in the year when pestilence descends, and it does not pass by any vessel that is not covered or any waterskin that is not tied up, but some of that pestilence descends into it,” ISIS advised.
ISIS said the “plague” of coronavirus is a “torment sent by God on whomsoever He wills” and urged followers to flee from the infected ““as you flee from the lion.”
The message to avoid travelling to Europe coincides with President Donald Trump’s order to halt most travel from the continent to the United States.
COVID-19, short for coronavirus disease 2019, is the condition caused by the coronavirus. More than 169,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide, predominantly in China where officials have pinpointed it’s origin. China has more than 81,000 confirmed infections.
Italy has the second-most cases, nearly 25,000, followed by Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany and France. The United States has more than, 3,700 cases.
More than 6,500 have died worldwide. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with flu-like symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath.
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