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13 Massage centers closed in Iraqi Kurdistan ‎ 10.12.2011 

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Measures taken against violating centers are not related to the situation in Duhok, Mustafa Hama Raheem says.

December 10, 2011


SULAIMANIYAH, Kurdistan region 'Iraq', — Sulaimaniyah Province announced, on Thursday, that 13 massage centers out of 18 in the province were closed for violation of work restrictions.

“Sulaymaniyah Tourism Directorate warned, on November 20, owners of massage centers in the city against breaking societies’ customs and traditions and misusing them for different purposes,” head of Sulaimaniyah Tourism directorate Mustafa Hama Raheem told Alsumarianews. There are increasing complaints about these centers becoming suspicious places, Raheem stressed.             
“Tourism inspectors visited all 18 massage centers in the province and discovered that 13 weren’t committing to the directorate instructions,” Raheem said. “Tourism Directorate closed these centers until they abide by instructions,” he revealed.

“Measures taken against violating centers are not related to the situation in Duhok,” Rahim assured.

A group of rioters attacked the local headquarters of the Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) – an opposition political party represented in the Kurdistan Parliament in Duhok province of Iraqi Kurdistan on December 2nd, and set several buildings on fire. Thirty people including 20 policemen were reported injured in the rampage, which followed Friday midday prayers in the town of Zakho.

Sulaimaniyah city is famous with Chinese massage centers. Sulaimaniyah is often called the “Paris” of Iraq for its vibrant cultural life and its wide tree-lined boulevards. Known as the cultural capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. It's the most secular city in Kurdistan and Iraq.

Tourism Directorate issued new instructions to regulate the work of massage centers in the city and preserve Kurdish society’s customs and traditions, Raheem told Alsumarianews in an earlier statement. These instructions ensure that such centers are not used for different purposes than the authorized,www.ekurd.net he added, a source said.

The Tourism Directorate convened with massage centers’ owners and distributed a 19 points list regulating their work, Raheem explained noting that the list stressed on the necessity to preserve health and general interests.

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