Orthodoxy Cognate Society & Media Network reports.
SIS militants in Iraq have been filmed ruthlessly smashing centuries-old graves to pieces in the city of Mosul. The shocking video footage was posted online this week.
It shows rebels in balaclavas and black coats destroying tombs with sledgehammers, amidst swirls of dust and piles of rocks. It is unknown when the video was taken.
Iraqi authorities, according to the Daily Mail, have confirmed that one of the smashed graves belonged to the Prophet Jonah (Younis in Arabic), who is revered by Muslims and Christians alike and is best known as the main character of the Book of Jonah.
According to the famous story of prophet, he was swallowed by a giant fish. He is regarded as a saint by a number of Christian denominations.
“Elements of ISIS [have] controlled the mosque of the Prophet Younis in Mosul since they invaded the city,”Ninevah official Zuhair Al-Chalabi was cited as saying by IraqiNews.com.
Along with Prophet Jonah’s tomb, ISIS also reportedly destroyed the shrine of the prophet Shayth (Seth).
Vatican’s Pontifical Missions News Service, Fides reports: The capture of Mosul by the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which began on June 9, besides causing the exodus of a large part of the population - both Christian and Muslim - has convinced those responsible of the local Syrian Orthodox community to also take security measures with regards to the relics attributed to St. Thomas, hitherto worshiped at the town church dedicated to the Apostle. Full article here.
Sunni radicals overran Mosul last month and torched 11 Christian churches, monasteries and mosques in and around the historic northern Iraqi city.
Mosul was captured on June 10 when Sunni militants drove the Iraqi army out of the city.
Thousands of civilians fled as jihadists took control of the city in their battle against the Shiite majority Baghdad government led by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
On June 30, ISIS jihadists declared the captured territories from Iraq’s Diyala province to Syria’s Aleppo a “caliphate” and changed the group’s name to ‘The Islamic State”.
The Sunni radical leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been calling on Muslims to come to Iraq and Syria and join the battle to create the “caliphate.” Original article here.
Iran's Press TV reports.
Takfiri militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have demolished several holy shrines and mosques belonging to Shia and Sunni Muslims in the militancy-riddled regions of Nineveh Province.
A large number of civilians fleeing Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh say the ISIL terrorists destroyed a number of religious landmarks in the northern cities of Mosul and Tal Afar.
Several video footage and pictures released online by the ISIL also show the Takfiri militants bulldozing Sunni shrines while blowing up Shia mosques.
Latest reports say the militants have razed at least four shrines belonging to revered Sunni or Sufi figures. The extremists also leveled six Shia mosques to the ground.
Local residents and witnesses say the militants have occupied two Orthodox cathedrals and replaced crosses with their black flags. They had previously demolished several churches.
All destructions have taken place in and around the volatile region of Mosul.
The ISIL Takfiri militants also issued several statements in recent days calling for the destruction of all religious and historic sites in the country.
Witnesses said the militants destroyed symbols of Iraq's heritage in the city of Mosul, including statues of cultural icons and the tomb of a medieval philosopher.
IraqiNews.com reports: The Chaldean Church in Iraq warned of a possible “end of Christian history” in Iraq, which is due to more than 2,000 years, if the current situation did not change, indicating that the presence of its followers in the country has become “symbolic” because of the continuing migration to the outside as a result of the violence that affect them. Full article here.
The ISIL and its associated militant groups are blamed for numerous sacrilegious acts. The terrorist groups have links with Saudi intelligence and it is believed that they are being indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has also blamed Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing Riyadh as a major supporter of global terrorism. Original article here