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17:24 | 2013-05-28

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Iran Blasts UNESCO for Ignoring Sacrilege of Islamic Sanctuaries

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Culture Minister Seyed Mohammad Hosseini censured the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for keeping mum about the desecration of Muslims' holy sites.

Speaking at a meeting with his Syrian counterpart Lubanah Mushaweh in Tehran on Tuesday, Hosseini expressed regret over the recent raids and destruction of historical and religious places, specially the mausoleum of Hojr ibn Oday in the Damascus suburb of Adra earlier this month.

"Yet, it is of much more regret that world bodies like the UNESCO do not fulfill their duties and don't show a proper reaction to such events," the Iranian culture minister lamented.

Armed rebels affiliated to the Wahhabi extremists attacked the mausoleum of Hojr ibn Oday in the Damascus suburb of Adra earlier this month and exhumed his grave taking his remains to an unknown location.

The Nusra Front, affiliated to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, took up the responsibility for the desecration of Oday's grave.

Hojr was a staunch supporter of the first Shiite Imam Ali (PBUH) and led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles. He and his sons finally fell victim to their loyalty to Imam Ali (PBUH) and were murdered at the order of the Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah in the year 660 CE.

Yet, the Wahhabi extremist groups continued their desecration of Shiite sanctities and damaged the mausoleum of another highly revered Shiite figure in Jordan a few days later.

The Wahhabis attacked the mausoleum of Ja'far al-Tayyar, a close companion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and the brother of Shiite Islam's first Imam, and torched his grave in Karak province in Southern Jordan.

The sacrilege of Islamic sanctities has aroused intense feelings in Muslim lands, specially in Shiite communities, but received no proper reaction from the international bodies responsible for protecting the historical monuments of world.