21/1/16 – www.sputniknews.com
Christian site completely razed near Daesh-occupied Mosul in northern Iraq.
The historic St. Elijah monastery, situated on a hill near Mosul and dating from the 6th century, was razed by Daesh in late 2014, following the occupation of the area by the terrorist organization, Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
“I can’t describe my sadness,” Father Paul Thabit Habib commented. “Our Christian history in Mosul is being barbarically leveled. We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land.”
— IraqiSuryani (@IraqiSuryani1) January 20, 2016
Satellite images released by AP show that the ancient monastery has been completely demolished.
Another dagger to Middle Eastern Christians’ heart: Oldest Christian monastery in Iraq reduced to rubble by ISIS. pic.twitter.com/XB8yXvd0m2
— Serge (@Zinvor) January 20, 2016
Over 100 historic sites are thought to have been destroyed by Daesh extremists. Christians in Iraq and Syria have been systematically persecuted, their properties expropriated and lives put under constant threat as a result of the violent extremist group. Some Christians have been executed for their faith.
In Syria, militants from Daesh blew upthe Church of the Virgin Mary in northeast of the country on Easter Sunday 2015.