A new video reportedly shows militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) destroying ancient artifacts at a museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Militants in the footage are shown pushing statues to the floor and smashing others with hammers. The Guardian reports that a man speaking to the camera then aims to justify the acts, citing how they didn’t exist in the time of the Prophet Muhammad and were worshipped by “irreligious people.”
Islamic State militants armed with sledgehammers and jackhammers have destroyed the priceless ancient artifacts, according to Yahoo News.
Some archaeologists and heritage experts compared it to the 2001 demolition of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban.
The United Nations’ cultural agency immediately demanded an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the matter.