Director-General condemns attack on Buratha Mosque in IraqThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed grave concern over escalating violence in Iraq, especially the mounting loss of innocent lives, and condemned attacks on places of worship.
“I condemn the recent attack on the Shia Mosque of Buratha in Baghdad,” the Director-General said. “I am very concerned about the escalating violence in Iraq, especially because civilians – young and old, female and male – are the main victims, and about the repeated attacks on places of worship. These attacks are particularly heinous. These acts of violence levy a heavy human toll and are designed to leave durable scars in relations between communities on whose cooperation the future of Iraq largely depends”.
“I exhort community leaders in the country to resist these attacks by promoting tolerance and pursuing dialogue in the interest of national reconciliation”, Mr Matsuura added.
The Director-General issued this statement after close to 100 people died and some 160 others were injured in a suicide bombing at the Buratha Mosque on Friday. The Mosque, which is reported to have sustained little damage, is among the oldest Shia sites in the country. The attack took place one day after a car bomb killed at least 10 people near a Shia shrine in Najaf.