Islamic State’s militants destroy Yezidi monument in Shingal

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Yezidi minaret of Shingal in northern Iraq. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Kurdistan Region – On Sunday, militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) bombed the renowned Yezidi ancient minaret of the Shingal district (120 km west of the city of Mosul), in northern Iraq.

Speaking to ARA News, Siyamend Hemo, fighter in the Shingal’s Protection Force (local defense armed group) said that Sunday morning gunmen of the Islamic State group blew up Shingal’s minaret –located in central al-Madina city– after filling it with a large amount of explosives and improvised explosive devices.

“The radicals also bombed more than seven houses belonging to the Yezidi minority in the same region,” Hemo added.

“Shingal’s Protection Force strongly condemns what has been done by the terrorist gangs of Daesh (Islamic State group) which demolished landmarks, monuments and archeological sites in Iraq,” he told ARA News.

The IS hardline insurgents bombed Shingal’s minaret which dates back to the year 1127 AD (built during the reign of Imad ad-Din Zanki) and was considered one of the most important symbols of the city.

The minaret is deemed the most prominent archaeological monument in the district with a height of 12 meters, according to historical sources. 

Noteworthy, the Islamic State blew up the Sayeda Zeinab shrine in the early hours of Sunday after controlling al-Madina in August 2014. The Shingal’s minaret and Sayeda Zeinab shrine are the most prominent monuments in the area of Shingal.

 

Repotting by: Sarbaz Yusuf  

Source: ARA News

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