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Daesh destroyed 70% of historical sites in Nimrud

November 22, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Wreckage of the historical works destroyed by Daesh in Nimrud on November 16 2016 [İdris Okuducu/Anadolu Agency]

Daesh destroyed 70 per cent of the historical sites in the Iraqi city of Nimrud dated back 3,000 years, Deputy Iraqi Minister of Culture and Tourism Qais Rasheed revealed yesterday.

Rashed added that “large parts of the sculptures which ornamented the walls of Ashur Nasser Palace and Al-Zaqourah” were destroyed and specialised teams have started to collect the pieces in an attempt to reassemble them.

Iraqi forces, backed by the US-led international coalition against Daesh, liberated the city from Daesh last week during the offensive to recapture the northern city of Mosul.

In March 2015, the Iraqi government announced that Daesh razed the historical city after a video was broadcasted by Daesh showing the demolition of the walls and other historic objects sculptures in the city of Nimrod.