ISIS destroys another ancient temple in Palmyra

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A file photo for the Temple of Bel in Palmyra, central Syria.

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – Only a week after destroying an ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has destroyed parts of another temple in the UNESCO-listed city, local sources reported on Sunday.

The radical group targeted the Roman-era Temple of Bel in Palmyra city –which fell to ISIS in May after battles with Syrian army forces.

“The terrorist group has destroyed parts of Bel temple in an attempt to eliminate the ancient identity of this historic city,” civil rights activist Ahmed Alwan told ARA News.

This comes only one week after ISIS militants blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin. 

The group has targeted archeological sites in Syria and Iraq over the past few months. UNESCO expressed its concerns about ancient ruins that fell to the radical group of ISIS. 

Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi 

Source: ARA News 

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