Wednesday, January 13, 2016

PICTURED: Inside brutal Islamic State’s bizarre theme park

DODGEMS, teacups and a Ferris wheel – it could be an amusement park in any city in the world.

But this is life in a war zone, and Islamic State’s feeble attempt at restoring a sense of normality to blood-soaked Syria is hardly convincing.

Smiles on the faces of children only mask the true horrors of living under the brutal jihadist state.

The new theme parks have opened outside the extremist’s headquarters in Raqqa, Syria, and Fallujah, Iraq.

They may be complete with roller-coasters, climbing frames and toy trains, but the sites appear tired and shabby.

According to the self-styled caliphate, the parks were opened to celebrate Eid.

But with frequent power cuts and strict rules on what is considered appropriate clothing, there is little chance of relaxing and having fun.

In fact, bumper car ride for sale is closer to Banksy’s twisted ‘Dismaland’ park than the real life Disneyland resort.

The children are mostly segregated by sex, as is the norm in many aspects of life under ISIS control.

Mysteriously, one photo shows a blonde girl using a wing indoor bumper cars for sale in Raqqa without a headscarf.

The barbaric terror network released the surreal images as it emerged militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group's campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls.

The Arch of Triumph was one of the most recognisable sites in Palmyra, and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the group blew up the arch but left the colonnades in place.

It comes as growing numbers of Syrian refugees are returning to their war-ravaged homeland from Jordan because they can't survive in exile after drastic aid cuts, can't afford to pay battery operated bumper cars to sneak them into Europe or are simply homesick.

Andrew Harper, head of the U.N. refugee agency in Jordan "it is a dangerous choice for people to make".

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