Oldest Iraqi monastery reduced to a field of rubble by ISIS
The ISIS terrorist group have destroyed the St. Elijah’s Monastery of Mosul in Iraq, which is the oldest monastery in Iraq. The monastery had stood for 1,400 years and had recently been used as a place of worship by US troops.
The Associated Press (AP) used a high resolution camera to grab photos of the site of the demolition. An earlier and later pictures of the monastery was pulled and it was analysed that the monastery had about twenty-six (26) distinctive rooms, a sanctuary and a chapel. But all of them have been raised down.
After reviewing the satellite images, imagery expert Stephen Wood, CEO of Allsource Analysis, told AP that the destruction of the monastery took place between August 27 and September 28, 2014.
“Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely," Wood said.
39-years-old Fr Paul Thabit Habib, a priest exiled in Irbil, Iraq, said: “I can’t describe my sadness. Our Christian history in Mosul is being barbarically leveled. We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land."
St Elijah’s is one of more than 100 religious and historic sites, including mosques, tombs, shrines and churches, destroyed by ISIS in Syria and Iraq.