In the video below we see members of the Islamic State destroying priceless antiquities in Mosul.

From the BBC:

Statues are also shown being destroyed reportedly at an archaeological site known as the Nergal Gate.

One of the militants in the video describes the artefacts as “false idols” and seeks to justify their destruction in religious terms.

In the video released via IS social media sites, black-clad men push over statues, smash them with sledgehammers and use a pneumatic drill to destroy the rubble.

From Reuters:

The articles destroyed appeared to come from an antiquities museum in the northern city of Mosul, which was overrun by Islamic State last June, a former employee at the museum told Reuters.

The militants shoved statues off their plinths, shattering them on the floor, and one man applied an electric drill to a large winged bull.

The video showed a large room strewn with dismembered statues, and Islamic songs played in the background.

Lamia al-Gailani, an Iraqi archaeologist and associate fellow at London-based Institute of Archaeology, said the militants had wreaked incalculable damage.

“It’s not only Iraq’s heritage: it’s the whole world’s. It’s human heritage,” she told Reuters.

 


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