A prominent statue in Algeria was vandalized on Tuesday morning for a second time, local media reported.
Images showed the man chiseling off the face and chest of the female statue in Ain el-Fouara fountain in Algeria’s Setif city.
The statue was last vandalized in December 2017 by a man who destroyed it using a hammer and an iron bar, specifically focusing on the marble face and chest areas.
The Ain el-Fouara statue, located in the heart of the city of Setif, is placed on top of a fountain built in 1898 by the French sculptor Francis de Saint-Vidal.
It is considered one of the most important landmarks in Algeria, attracting thousands of visitors daily.
The statue has previously sparked debate in Algeria, where some view the display of a naked woman as shaming their modesty and dishonoring the people of the city.
But others see it as a historical and cultural landmark; a masterpiece for both men and women to enjoy.