News ID: 17137
Publish Date: 31 August 2015 - 11:49
LHVnews: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra. The attack has realized the worst fears archaeologists had for the 2,000-year-old Roman-era city after the extremists seized it and beheaded a local scholar.

According to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, this time targeting the Temple of Bel.

The extent of the damage at the Roman-era structure in the central desert city was not known, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.

It is the second temple that Islamic State has attacked in Palmyra this month. On 25 August, the group detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple, an act that the cultural agency Unesco has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria’s diverse cultural heritage.

According to CBS, Islamic State seized Palmyra from government forces in a sudden offensive in May and is tightly controlling communications in the city, according to activists. The group, which has proclaimed a caliphate in the territory it holds across Syria and Iraq, has regularly demolished monuments it considers sacrilegious and has carried out mass killings.

Earlier this month, the group beheaded the 82-year-old Syrian archaeologist who had looked after Palmyra’s ruins for four decades and hung his body in public, according to Syria’s antiquities chief.

Government forces and allied Sunni and Shiite militiamen have been battling the Islamic State militants in Anbar for months, but, hampered by suicide bombings and booby-trapped buildings, they have only made modest gains.


Tags: ISIS ، Syria ، Palmyra
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