ISIS destruction of Iraqi heritage 'odious crime'

2015-02-27 18:42
An image grab taken off a video reportedly showing an ISIS militant pushing a statue inside the Mosul museum in the northern Iraqi Governorate of Nineveh. (Welayat Nineveh Media Office, AFP)

An image grab taken off a video reportedly showing an ISIS militant pushing a statue inside the Mosul museum in the northern Iraqi Governorate of Nineveh. (Welayat Nineveh Media Office, AFP)

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Cairo - Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Friday denounced the destruction of priceless artefacts by the Islamist State group in Iraq as an "odious crime" against cultural heritage.

Arabi said in a statement: "This barbaric attack against the cultural heritage of the Iraqi people is one of the most odious crimes committed in our day and age against the heritage of humanity."

A video released by the jihadists shows men smashing ancient Assyrian statues and other priceless artefacts from the main museum and an archaeological site in the northern city of Mosul.

Abductions

ISIS has controlled Iraq's second city since June, when it seized swathes of Syria and imposed a brutal interpretation of Islam.

It has also captured 220 Assyrian Christians in Syria since Monday, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Arabi, who heads the 22-member Cairo-based organisation, condemned "abductions and torture committed by Daesh against the Assyrian community," using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.


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