Islamic State destroys historic statues in Hatra, Iraq

Islamic State destroys historic statues in Hatra, Iraq

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Islamic State militants destroy archaeological heritage by hitting walls with mallets and shooting with Kalashnikov assault rifles priceless statues in the ancient city of Hatra, in Iraq, which they had previously attacked.

The authorities and residents of Hatra claim attack on city by Islamic State activists, although despite all the damage caused in the area it is still not clear that the territory is controlled by the Islamic State.

In a video that was released on the night of April 3, you can see Islamic State activists smashing faces carved into a facade with a mallet until it falls to the ground and shatters into pieces, You can also see other militants shooting at the archaeological heritage. This video has been posted on the website that the group regularly uses to broadcast its acts.

The Islamic State justifies the destruction of these ancient relics on the basis that in its interpretation of Islam these relics praise idolatry, although authorities suspect sell some of the archaeological and historical material on the black market to finance their atrocities.

The Islamic State has been destroying other historical sites in the past month, such as the attacks they carried out in the city of Nimrud, which was described by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, as a war crime.

Another video released by the group, released in February, shows Islamic State activists smashing archaeological material at the Mosul Museum and in January the group burned hundreds of books from the Mosul Library at Mosul University. , including manuscripts of great importance. Many of the objects destroyed in the Mosul Museum were originally from the city of Hatra.

Hatra is a city located 110 kilometers from Mosul and was a city of great importance during the Parthian Empire and the capital of the first Arab Kingdom. The city withstood the invasions of the Roman Empire between 116-198 BC thanks to its high, thick walls and towers.

The video has come to light after the Iraqi government managed to defeat the Islamic State in the city of Tikrit this week, which is a key city to be able to recover Mosul and with it, the historical places around it.

Video: Iraqs Nimrud before it was destroyed by Isis. Guardian Wires