PM Barzani condemns IS attack on historic Mosul Museum
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.