ISIS on Saturday continued their pillaging through Iraq's archaeological monuments as they destroyed the well-preserved ancient city of Hatra.
Archaeological authorities in Baghdad say they were told by contacts in Mosul that the 2000 years old ruins of the fortress city of Hatra in the Iraqi desert were destroyed on Saturday.
The Ministry says it is difficult to confirm the messages, and that they have not got any photos of the devastation.
But a local resident said he heard a loud explosion in Hatra Saturday morning and that others had told that IS fighters had destroyed some buildings and that they were about to put others in gravel with a bulldozer.
The destruction of Hatra happens two days after Islamists put the Assyrian ancient city of Nimrud in gravel with bulldozers and sledgehammers.
The week before they sent out a video which showed them while they smashed statues, masks and up to 3000 years old archaeological museum artifacts in Mosul.
Both Hatra and Nimrud are on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the UN has condemned the vandalism in the strongest terms.
- The destruction of Hatra marks a turning point in the horrific strategy of cultural cleansing that is underway in Iraq, says Irina Bokova, General of UNESCO.
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