A member of the IS radical group removing a cross from a gravestone at the Christian graveyard of Mosul. (Amaq)
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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Militants of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) stormed several churches and Christian graveyards in the city of Mosul, in Nineveh province of northern Iraq, and removed all crosses from the tops of the churches and the halls, replacing them with the black flag of the radical group, local sources reported on Tuesday.
Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, Abu Tawfiq, a resident of Mosul, said that IS militants smashed hundreds of crosses and headstones of Christian graves.
“They (IS militants) deformed precious wall paintings and stole rare masterpieces. They confiscated several golden monuments from the churches in the city,” Tawfiq said.
Under the banner of demolishing infidel symbols from the city, the radical group released pictures of its members smashing crosses at the tops of churches and tombstones in the Christian graveyard of Mosul.
Last year, the IS hardline group had destroyed crosses in churches of Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, in northeastern Syria, turning the churches into headquarters.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf