ISIS destroy Temple of Palmyra in Syria



2015-08-25 14:53:09

The UN has described the destruction of the Temple of Palmyra by ISIS forces as a warcrime.

The Syrian world heritage site is under attack by the group, which has already destroyed the Baal Shamin shrine at the centre of the complex.

The temple is over 2,000 years old. ISIS considers pagan symbols, however ancient, to be idolatrous.

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova said: “This destruction is a new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity. Daesh [Isis] is killing people and destroying sites, but cannot silence history and will ultimately fail to erase this great culture from the memory of the world.”

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