After all of the Iraqi Christians were forced to flee the embattled city of Mosul in the last week, this video shows Islamic militants destroying the tomb of Jonah. According to officials and residents of Mosul, this holy site, also known as the Mosque of the Prophet Yunus (Jonah), was destroyed yesterday.
Residents were prevented from entering the mosque–where the biblical prophet from the Book of Jonah, known for being swallowed by a great fish, is believed to be buried.
After banning worshippers, militants reportedly spent an hour wiring and placing explosives throughout the tomb. The video shows the detonation as the building instantly becomes nothing more than a cloud of dust and rubble.
Since their takeover of northern Iraq in June and their establishment of a new caliphate in the region, ISIS has launched an attack on Israel and has taken over the homes of Christians. Just this past week, they forced all remaining Christians out of the Islamic state, threatening them with death if they didn’t convert, pay a tax, or flee.
Photo Credit: youtube/ News of Iraq
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