ESLI Condemns Islamic State Destruction of Ancient Parthian City of Hatra

The European Shoah Legacy Institute condemns, in the strongest possible terms and without reservation, the inane and criminal destruction of the ancient Parthian city of Hatra by Islamic State militants in Iraq. The ancient city – dating back as far as the 1st Century BC – blended Eastern, Hellenestic, and Roman influences and was featured in the cult classic film “The Exorcist”.

The destruction of Hatra is yet another example of the irreversible cultural devastation being carried out by Islamic State across Syria and Iraq and is a clear violation of international humanitarian law tantamount to a war crime.

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