ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

search

Iraqi forces retake ancient city of Hatra from Islamic State

Iraqi pro-government forces announce their recapture of the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Hatra from the Islamic State jihadist group.

“Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization) forces liberated the ancient city of Hatra… after fierce clashes with the enemy,” says the Shiite-dominated paramilitary group.

Hatra, which lies in the desert southwest of Iraq’s second city Mosul, includes a UNESCO world heritage site.

In this image made from a video posted on YouTube on April 3, 2015, a militant hammers away at a face on a wall in Hatra, a large fortified Iraqi city recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (AP, File)
In this image made from a video posted on YouTube on April 3, 2015, a militant hammers away at a face on a wall in Hatra, a large fortified Iraqi city recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (AP, File)

IS destroyed priceless objects in Hatra and at other archaeological sites after seizing swaths of Iraq and Syria in a lightning 2014 offensive.

The full extent of the harm to Hatra remains unclear.

— AFP

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed
image
Register for free
and continue reading
Registering also lets you comment on articles and helps us improve your experience. It takes just a few seconds.
Already registered? Enter your email to sign in.
Please use the following structure: example@domain.com
Or Continue with
By registering you agree to the terms and conditions. Once registered, you’ll receive our Daily Edition email for free.
Register to continue
Or Continue with
Log in to continue
Sign in or Register
Or Continue with
check your email
Check your email
We sent an email to you at .
It has a link that will sign you in.