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Erbil, Kurdistan Region – Militants of the Islamic State burned thousands of books and ancient manuscripts in the Iraqi city of Mosul, after bombing the Central Library downtown, sources reported Tuesday.
Speaking to ARA News in Mosul, Iraqi journalist Jamal al-Tamimi said that the IS militants collected all the books and manuscripts in a public square of Mosul, and burned them in front of a crowd of people.
“Their main argument was that those books teach apostasy and keeps Muslims away from the Sharia path,” al-Tamimi said.
The Islamic State radicals also bombed the theatre hall of Mosul University, arguing that all kinds of art and education which don’t match with the Caliphate’s teachings will be eliminated from territories under their control.
The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights condemned the IS targeting of educational centers, describing the group’s bombing of Mosul’s library and theatre “a hideous crime”.
“These terrorists burned more than eight thousand books and scientific manuscripts of the Mosul library, one of the oldest historical libraries in Nineveh,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yusuf
Source: ARA News