According to a latest media report, ISIS levelled the Church of the Virgin Mary in Mosul in late July, a month and a half after they overthrew the city and pushed on to control much of northern and central Iraq.
The Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights announced days later that ISIS had loaded the Church of the Virgin Mary with improvised explosive devices and successfully detonated the church.
Since its destruction “no one is allowed to get close to it,” the report added, but a reporter was able to film the site because “no people can be seen around the churches and the city in general.”
Graffiti has been written on the walls, stating that “these places are destroyed under ISIS order,” among other jihadi slogans and directives. The Assyrian International News Agency reports that all 45 Christian churches or institutions in Mosul are now destroyed or occupied by the group.