ISIL razes another ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra

Militant group demolishes Roman-era Temple of Bel, a 2,000-year-old UNESCO world heritage site

ISIL razes another ancient temple in Syria's Palmyra

World Bulletin / News Desk

The ISIL Militant group on Monday demolished an ancient temple in Syria’s Homs province, local sources told Anadolu Agency.

According to sources, ISIL militants remotely detonated explosives planted in the Temple of Bel, resulting in its total destruction. The temple – located in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO world heritage site – was built by the Romans in 32 AD.

According to UNESCO, the temple contains diverse architectural motifs reflecting the various cultures that thrived in the area at the time. The ihncident follows ISIL’s demolition earlier this month of Baalshamin, another ancient temple in Palmyra – an act UNESCO chief Irina Bokova described as a “war crime”.

ISIL militants in Syria took control of Palmyra in May of this year. Syria’s civil conflict, now in its fifth year, has left tens of thousands of people dead and millions of others displaced.

The conflict has served as a breeding ground for ISIL, which currently controls significant portions of both Syria and Iraq.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2015, 11:10