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“Turkish occupation commits war crimes by destroying monuments”



QAMISHLO-The destruction of historic sites is considered a war crime and the parties concerned must move and protect it, said the co-chair deputy for Tourism and Antiquities in al-Jazeera canton Rustam Abdou. The sites that are destroyed date back to the centuries BC, and what mercenaries left behind them are complemented today by the Ottomans successor.

What IS mercenaries left behind them is complemented by the Ottomans successor

During the control of the cities of Syria and Iraq, IS mercenaries called for the destruction of archaeological sites and bombing them. Today, Erdogan completed what he left behind.

Destruction of Hassan keeve, stealing the ruins of Syria

Barbaric practice of trying to fill Hassan Keeve city which consider the wealth of archaeological and historical bulldozers, under the pretext of establishing a project to build a dam on Dejla River, which seeks to the Turkish state of construction of the displacement of more than 50,000 people from the population of Kurdistan Hassan Keeve, in an attempt to establish project to destroy historical heritage.

During the takeover of Palmyra city by IS mercenaries in July 2015, they destroyed the statue of Athens Lion in front of Palmyra Museum. They also destroyed the 2,000-year-Old Temple of Bell, and many minarets, monuments and historical monuments such as mosques and temples and stealing and detonating the contents of archaeological sites in al-Raqqa city

While IS mercenaries called for the settlement of Prophet Younis tomb, the most famous shrine in Mosul, with heavy hammers and drilling machines, destroying statues inside museums, and destroying two bulls at the rare historical gate of Nurgal, the city of Nimrod, the Assyrian empire of Mosul, founded in the third century 10 BC was severely damaged, in addition to the city of urban archaeological in Nineveh province, which resisted Roman invasion 2000 years ago, in addition to a lot of antiques, temples, mosques and churches, and complete the Turkish state occupation unless destroyed by IS mercenaries of the region culture today.

Turkish warplanes transformed Ain Dara temple into rubble

As the Turkish occupation launched its attacks on Afrin, the archaeological and historical hill of Ain Dara, located in Sherawa district of Afrin canton, was subjected to air raids and the archaeological temple was turned into rubble.

On wiping out the Kurds history and its effects by the occupiers, our agency surveyed a meeting with the co-chair of Tourism and Antiquities Authority in the al-Jazeera canton Rustum Abdo.

“The Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries are bombing Afrin region with missiles and planes in a barbaric manner, shelling everything living and non-living, trying through its indiscriminate shelling to remove and obliterate the culture and civilization of the region,” Abdo said.

A few days ago, the Turkish occupation army shelled one of the most important archaeological sites in Afrin region, Ain Dara temple, which dates back to 2000 BC and has been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2011. This is not the first time that archaeological sites were destroyed by the oppressed and destroyed the culture of the region, while destroying the Roman bridge on the banks of Dejla River in Ain Diwar in Derik.

“The actions of the Turkish occupation army are no different from the crimes of looting and razing of archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq,” Abdo recalled. “What the Turkish state is doing is no different from the previous acts of IS mercenaries.”

Because the Ottomans came late to the region, they wanted to fill the culture of the ancient region, and it is possible that the Turkish occupation attacks on the archaeological areas in Afrin if the concerned authorities did not come out silent towards the bombing Afrin.

At the end of the conversation, Abdo pointed out that we have sent a message to the concerned authorities to intervene and protect them from the attacks of the Turkish occupation, and because, in accordance with Resolution No. 23/47, the destruction of these historic places is a war crime.