Isis militants armed with sledgehammers and Kalashnikov assault rifles wrecked monuments and statues in the ancient Iraqi city of Hatra.
The sculptures in the Unesco World Heritage site were bludgeoned and shot to pieces last month by members of the group as they deem them to be manifestations of idolatry – which is forbidden in many Abrahamic religions.
However, on closer inspection of the destruction, iron rods could be seen holding together the monuments and the thick plumes of white dust indicate that some of the sculptures are either replicas or damaged originals that were restored.
The video that was released on Friday, was met with shock and condemnation due to vandalism of the 2,000-year-old city.
In pictures: Anti-Isis protests in Jordan
In pictures: Anti-Isis protests in Jordan
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Members of Jordan's Al Assaf tribe burn a ''Wanted Dead'' poster of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi at a rally
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Jordanian protesters carry an effigy of leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, during a march after Friday prayers in downtown Amman
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Jordanian Queen Rania (C) holds a placard during a demonstration to express solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State
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A protester dressed in a Jordanian flag joins others as they hold up pictures of Jordanian King Abdullah and Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, while chanting slogans during a march against Islamic State
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Jordanians hold banners shouting slogans during a demonstration to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State
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Jordanians carry banners and pictures of executed Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh while shouting slogans against the group calling themselves the Islamic State, during a march after noon pray in downtown Amman
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Protesters hold up pictures of Jordan's King Abdullah and pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh as they chant slogans during a rally in Amman to show their loyalty to the King and against the Islamic State
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Jordanians chant slogans to show their support for the government against terror during a rally
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Jawdat al-Kaseasbeh, a brother of slain Jordanians pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh, reacts to people gathering to show their support for the government against terror during a rally
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A Jordanian protester kisses a poster bearing the image of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh during a rally to show their loyalty to King Abdullah and against the Islamic State
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A Jordanian shouts slogans during a rally against the Islamic state group and in reaction to the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh by the group's militants
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Jordanians carry pictures of pilot Maaz al-Kassasbeh at a protest against Islamic State
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Supporters and family members of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh express their anger at his murder at the tribal gathering chamber in Amman, Jordan
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The King of Jordan, Abdullah II (L), embracing Safi al-Kassasbeh (R), the father of the recently executed Jordanian pilot
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Jordan's Queen Rania offers her condolences to the family of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, at their family home of Muath
REUTERS/Petra News Agency
Isis members are seen to use tools and weapons to hack away at stone and plaster sculptures and firing at them with automatic rifles.
A man balances on a high ladder just to smash down a face decoration on the side of a wall before it falls and crashes into bits, causing dust clouds.
Another uses his Kalashnikov gun to shoot at smaller face sculptures high up above a doorway.
The video corresponded with Associated Press reporting on the attack and was posted to a militant website frequently used by the group.
One of the militants, who speaks Arabic with a Gulf accent, declares they destroyed the site because it is “worshipped instead of God.”
Isis, which holds a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in its self-proclaimed caliphate, has destroyed other statues and relics they say violates their interpretation of Islamic law.
Nimrud, a 3000-year-old Unesco World Heritage Site, was also looted and destroyed. The attack was dubbed “a war crime” by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
Another video released in February shows militants smashing artifacts in the Mosul Museum – which also had statues and monuments that were replicas or had been restored with plaster. Many of the artifacts in the museum were originally from Hatra.
In January, the group burned hundreds of books from the Mosul library and Mosul University, including many rare manuscripts.Reuse content