Thursday 19 October 2017

Syrian temple destroyed in IS blast, activists claim

Militants have reportedly blown up part of the Unesco World Heritage Site at Palmyra (AP)
Militants have reportedly blown up part of the Unesco World Heritage Site at Palmyra (AP)

Islamic State (IS) militants have destroyed a temple at Syria's ancient ruins of Palmyra, according to activists.

News that the militants blew up the Baalshamin Temple came after the extremists beheaded Palmyra scholar Khaled al-Asaad on Tuesday, hanging his body from a pole in the town.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the temple of Baalshamin was blown up a month ago but Turkey-based activist Osama al-Khatib said the temple was blown up today.

Both relied on information for those still in Palmyra and the discrepancy in their accounts could not be immediately reconciled, though such contradictory information is common in Syria's long civil war.

The Observatory and Mr al-Khatib said the blast also damaged some of Palmyra's famed columns.

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