Jeddah, (IINA) - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the bombing of Al-Nuri Mosque in the old city in the western part of Mosul on Thursday, causing total destruction of the mosque and its famous al-Hadbaa minaret.
The mosque, which was built by the founder of the Zengid Dynasty Amir Nur ad-Din Zengi in 1173, is one of the most prominent Islamic historical monuments in Mosul.
OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen condemned the act and described it as a cultural tragedy and crime against humanity. He also expressed his agony at the loss of this important historical monument not only for Mosul but also for the entire world.
Dr. Al-Othaimeen called for intensified effort to preserve and protect cultural heritage particularly in conflict zones in view of their role in promoting social security and peace, in accordance with Security Council resolution 2347 on the protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones adopted in March 2017.
The secretary general also applauded the efforts of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) for following up on the issues of preservation of cultural heritage in the Muslim world, and called on all OIC institutions working in the domain to coordinate and make concerted efforts to protect heritage in the Muslim world against the perfidy of terrorist groups
Source: International Islamic News Agency