In Photos: Relieved from Islamic State, Nineveh plain adorned with crosses, Christmas trees

Members from the Chirstian Nineveh Plain Protection Units preparing Christmas trees in Hamadaniya.

Erbil ( Photos published by Alsumaria News have shown Christian popular militias, The Nineveh Plain Protection Units, adorning the streets of Hamadaniya, on Wednesday, with Christmas trees and crosses preparing for new year celebrations.

Christian popular militias preparing Christmas trees in Nineveh’s Hamadaniya.

Iraqi forces recaptured the town of Hamadaniya, in Nineveh Plain, from Islamic State extremists as part of operations launched to liberate the province in October.

Christmas preparations in Hamadaniya, Nineveh.

NPU media spokesperson Jameel al-Jameel said the troops launched a campaign to erect Christmass trees across the town. “A seven-meter-high Christmas tree and a ten-meter-high cross were set up in the center of the town,” Jameel said, with the aim of restoring “joy” and “life” to Hamadaniya.

Religious congregations are also planned at the town during new year celebrations, he said.

Cross erected in Hamadaniya in preparation for Christmas.
Christmas tree erected in central Hamadaniya, Nineveh.

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