ISIS destroys historic monuments in Palmyra

Image posted online by ISIS-linked media sources showing the blowing up of a monument in the ancient city of Palmyra, central Syria.

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) blew up two monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, IS-linked media sources reported. 

Pictures uploaded to a text and image sharing website showed one of the monuments, believed to be the tomb of Sheikh Mohammed Ali, being blown up. Militants from the extreme group destroyed the shrines because they consider them to be sacrilegious. 

On Sunday, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) planted large deal of explosives and mines in the archaeological locations of the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), as a prelude to detonate them.

The radical group has been in control of the ancient city since last May. 

“The group intends to blow up all ancient monuments in Palmyra,” said Yazan Qutna, a Syrian civil rights activist.

Syrian antiquities chief Abdul Maamoun Abdulkarim said: “In all the areas where they [IS] spread when they see tombs they destroy them as see them as sacrilegious and a return to paganism.”

Hundreds of statues had been moved from the city to safe locations, before the militants, who control large swathes of Iraq and Syria, took over, he told Reuters.

The 2,000-year-old city of Palmyra is listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The United Nations appealed to the international community to intervene and protect the Syrian ancient city against atrocities of IS group.


Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

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  1. R
    June 24, 2015 at 2:19 am

    The Kurds are better allies than the Turks who in my mind do not belong in NATO as they hate its ideals

  2. John Steakley
    June 24, 2015 at 6:05 am

    It is not so much the ally that the Turks are today as it is the allies they someday can be. Let none of us forget the noble efforts of the Kurds . They are today’s heroes.

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