Tuesday, January 10, 2017

IS Ruined Over 100 Places of Worship in Nineveh; Marred Non-Muslim Rel. Sites Since Its 2014 Hold

A new preliminary report -- which is due to be officially published shortly -- reveals that at least 100 places of worship have been vandalized or completely demolished in the territories of Mosul and Nineveh Province since June 2014, when the Islamic State (IS) imposed its rule in that region, the Independent Catholic News website reports today (January 10, 2017).

The report is being compiled by the Commission on Crimes Committed by IS/Daesh, with information collected by the Kurdish Peshmerga troops who have been liberating the area from the jihadists.

Mariwan Naqshbandi, spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan, said the document highlights that most of the destroyed or damaged religious sites are Christian churches, but a number of Yazidi temples and places of worship belonging to other religious minorities have also been destroyed or badly vandalized.

The Commission is also collecting data on other crimes committed by IS/Daesh -- in particular its violence against women (especially Yazidi women) -- during its occupation.

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