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'Destruction of Hatra a turning point in Iraq's cultural cleansing'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Paris, March 9: The destruction of the Hatra Unesco World Heritage Site by the Islamic State (IS) has been described as a “turning point in the strategic cleansing of cultural history of Iraq” by the heads of cultural institutions, a statement said on Monday. Islamic Educatiol, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Isesco), along with Unesco, condemned Islamic State’s brutal act of vandalising cultural heritage of Iraq by destroying and bulldozing several heritage sites. In a joint statement the directors of both these institutions said: “This is a direct attack against the history of Islamic Arab cities and it confirms the role of destruction of heritage in the propaganda of extremists groups.” “The destruction of Hatra marks a turning point in the appalling strategy of cultural cleansing underway in Iraq,” said Iri Bokova, director general of Unesco and ISESCO’s director general, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri in a statement. The IS in the recent weeks has been attacking ancient heritage sites in Iraq. First it destructed artefacts at the Mosul Museum and then bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud. (IANS)

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