The full extent of destruction to Hatra, a historic UNESCO-listed site, is not yet known. The city’s liberation from the “Islamic State” is part of the battle by Iraqi forces to regain full control of Mosul.
Iraqi pro-government militias announced on Wednesday that they had wrested control of historic Hatra from radical Sunni “Islamic State” (IS) militants, who had previously inflicted grave damage to the ancient town’s walls, statues and buildings.
An official in Iraq’s Shiite parliamentary group stated that the US-backed “Popular Mobilization forces have managed today to liberate the town of Hatra after fierce battles with against [Islamic State].”
No details on potential causalities were provided.
Hatra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. and renowned for its temples, is located in the desert around 110 kilometers (68 miles) southwest of Mosul.