UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed - Islamic State destroyed ancient temple at Palmyra site

By Updated at 2015-09-01 06:31:09 +0000

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UN confirms Palmyra temple destroyed. Islamic State destroyed ancient temple at Palmyra site.

A satellite image confirms that the main temple in the ancient city of Palmyra in northern Syria has been destroyed, the United Nations says.

ISIS took control of Palmyra in May, sparking fears the group might demolish the Unesco World Heritage site. Now Islamic State militants blew up the temple of Baal Shamin, one of the most important sites in Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, said Maamoun Abdul Karim, the country's antiquities chief.

Satellite_images_show_that_only_rubble_remains_at_the_site_of_the_temple_of_bel_in_syria%e2%80%99s_ancient_city_of_palmyra.Satellite images show that only rubble remains at the site of the Temple of Bel in Syria’s ancient
city of Palmyra.


The temple bombing would be the first time the insurgents, who control swathes of Syria and Iraq and captured Palmyra in May, damaged monumental Roman-era ruins.

"We have said repeatedly the next phase would be one of terrorizing people and when they have time they will begin destroying temples," Abdul Karim told Reuters.

"I am seeing Palmyra being destroyed in front of my eyes," he added. "God help us in the days to come."

A week ago, the militants beheaded Khaled Asaad, an 82-year-old scholar who worked for more than ISIS destroys ancient temple at Palmyra site.
50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra, after detaining and interrogating him for over a month.

Before the city's capture by Islamic State, Syrian officials said they moved hundreds of ancient statues to safe locations out of concern that the militants would destroy them.

In June, Islamic State blew up two ancient shrines in Palmyra that were not part of its Roman-era structures but which the militants regarded as pagan and sacrilegious.

The militants were also beginning excavation for gold and giving licenses for illicit excavation of the city's treasures, Abdul Karim added.

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