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ISIS Millitant Demolish 2000 Year old Temple in Palmyra, Syria


08/25/2015




ISIS Millitant Demolish 2000 Year old Temple in Palmyra, Syria
After Sunday’s claim, the militants of the Islamic State published photos to show how the watt they has destroyed a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

The photos went viral on the internet and brought in sharp criticism from various quarters of life.

The UNESCO has called the act by the ISIS militants as a war crime.

Maamoun Abdulkarim, the Syria's antiquities chief told Reuters on Tuesday that the images of the explosions looked similar to what had been described by the locals and appear to show the destruction of the ancient Baal Shamin temple that was blown to pieces on Sunday.

The series of 5 pictures, that went viral on the net, show how the explosives were carried inside the temple, how the explosive were planted around the walls of the temple, a large blast and then the rubble of the temple.

With ancient stone columns in the foreground, the blast photo shows a huge cloud of grey smoke soaring above the temple.

Since the ISIS is very strict about control of information flow, the truth of the pictures are yet to be ascertained.

The temple and Palmyra's surrounding sites were described as symbols of Syria's historical cultural diversity by the UNESCO and which the Islamic State wants to destroy.

"It stood as it was for more than 1,800 years... It was a beautiful tourist attraction," antiquities chief Abdulkarim reportedly told Reuters. .

Apart from seeking to destroy Palmyra's culture and economy, the Islamic militants are also looking to kill the long-serving keeper of its ancient ruins.

Khaled al-Asaad, 82-year-old Syrian archaeologist who had looked after Palmyra's ruins for four decades, was beheaded last week and his body was hung out in the public.

The rise of the Islamic State is from the call by a few militants to rule over all Muslims from territory it holds in both Syria and Iraq. The Islamic radical group is known for its brutality in killing people, both soldiers and civilians in the captured places and the demolishing of the monuments it considers idolatrous in the areas it captures.

The city of Palmyra was taken over by the ISIS militants in May this year but had not harmed the historic cite till Sunday. According to activities, the terrorist group had beheaded and shot dead people who it though were government supporters in Palmyra's ancient amphitheatre.

Before the ISIS had managed to capture city, the Syrian authority claims to have shifted hundreds of Roman-era ruins and ancient statues to safe locations.

Anger and a growing sense of despair were expressed by historians and archaeologists. This comes over the ISIS’s official propaganda images showing the demolition of the 200 year old temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra.

(Sources: www.reuters.com & www.theguardian.com) 






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