UNESCO warns Mosul minaret destruction ‘deepens wounds’ of Iraqis

The destruction by jihadists of Mosul’s leaning minaret “deepens the wounds” in war-torn Iraq, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova says.

Calling in a statement for “immediate and strengthened international mobilization,” the head of the UN’s cultural agency says: “This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy.”

She pledges UNESCO’s “renewed solidarity and readiness to support, restore and rehabilitate cultural heritage whenever possible.”

The 12th-century minaret blown up along with the Nuri mosque on Wednesday was one of Iraq’s most recognizable monuments, sometimes referred to as its Tower of Pisa.


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