‘Hasankeyf is detonated with dynamite and Palmyra is blown up, what is the difference between two?’

ANKARA- HDP Adana MP Meral Danış Bektaş brought the destruction of Hasankeyf Ancient City with dynamites to the Parliament’s agenda and asked, “What is the difference between detonating of Hasankeyf with dynamite and blowing up Palmyra and Mosul Museum?”

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Adana MP Meral Danış Bektaş, gave a question and investigation motion to the Parliamentary Speaker’s Office to response regarding the destruction of 12 thousand-year-old Hasankeyf, where will be left under the Ilısu Dam, with dynamites.

Reminding that after the relocation of several historical artifacts, the rocks in the Hasankeyf region were detonated with dynamite on the grounds that a port would be built in the area like built in Halfeti, Meral said: “It is known that the castle structure of Hasankeyf is soft and if it contacts to water when the dam water level rises, it will cause new bigger destructions. Filling of caves and valleys and forcibly drop the rocks, harm the natural history of 12-thousand-year Hasankeyf.”

‘Hostility towards the history’
Asking who gave order that destruction of Hasankeyf’s rocks, Meral also asked, “What is the difference between detonating of Hasankeyf with dynamite and blowing up Palmyra and Mosul Museum?”

At the end, Meral asked, “Why is Hasankeyf, which is on the list of the Great Endangered Cultural Assets of Europe, detonating with dynamite? Do you think there is hostility towards hi