The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has welcomed the UN Security Council's statement denouncing the attack on the Mosul Museum.

"This statement is a strong testiment to the unity of the international community regarding the tragic destruction of irreplaceable heritage for all mankind," said the Director-General. "The members of the Security Council have reaffirmed the deep connection between the destruction of cultural heritage in Mosul and the persecution of people. It is the same strategy of terror and we must continue to fight against it by joining our efforts," she continued.

"The values of tolerance, cultural diversity and respect for human rights are stronger than these barbaric acts.  UNESCO remains determined to do everything it can to assist the Iraqi government in preserving its heritage," concluded Ms Bokova.