PM Barzani con­demns IS attack on his­toric Mo­sul Mu­seum

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The Prime Min­is­ter of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Nechir­van Barzani strongly con­demned the de­struc­tions of the His­tor­i­cal Mo­sul Mu­seum by the Is­lamic State mil­i­tants.

The Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists on Thurs­day re­leased a video in which its mil­i­tants are seen smash­ing an­cient stat­ues to pieces with sledge­ham­mers in the main mu­seum in Mo­sul.

PM Barzani on Fri­day con­demned the act in a strong­est term and said the ac­tion of IS mil­i­tants is a threat to all hu­man­ity and the free world.

"We in Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment condemn the de­struc­tion of Mo­sul His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum by the Is­lamic State ter­ror­ists and th­ese ac­tions by the ex­trem­ists group make them a threat to­ward world's civ­i­liza­tions”, said Barzani in a press re­lease.

"We be­lieve the whole world is sad with us for oblit­er­at­ing th­ese his­tor­i­cal sites of Me­sopotamia, of Assyr­i­ans and Chaldeans,” PM Barzani said.

Mean­while, the head of the United Na­tions cul­tural agency on Thurs­day de­manded an emer­gency meet­ing of the world body's Se­cu­rity Coun­cil fol­low­ing the mass de­struc­tion by the mil­i­tants of the an­cient ar­ti­facts in Iraq.

“This attack is far more than a cul­tural tragedy, this is also a se­cu­rity is­sue as it fu­els sec­tar­i­an­ism, vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism and con­flict in Iraq,” UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said in a state­ment.

“This is why I have im­me­di­ately asked the Pres­i­dent of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to con­vene an emer­gency meet­ing of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to dis­cuss the pro­tec­tion of Iraq's cul­tural her­itage as an in­te­gral el­e­ment for the coun­try's se­cu­rity,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, some of the stat­ues are iden­ti­fied as an­tiq­ui­ties from the 7th cen­tury BC. The IS mem­bers, armed with sledge­ham­mers and drills, say­ing in the video that they were sym­bols of idol­a­try.

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