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Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 00:56

Militants target the Temple of Bel, a Roman-era structure in the ancient city of Palmyra, according to observer group. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: The ancient city of Palmyra in Syria was a cultural hub of the ancient world. Today, what's left is being destroyed by Islamic State militants. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Islamic State has blown up part of the Temple of Bel - a Roman-era structure in the center of the desert city. Last week, Islamic State detonated explosives in the Baal Shamin temple. The extent of the damage to the World Heritage site isn't known. Islamic State seized Palmyra from government forces in May and has kept a tight grip on communications in the city. This month the group beheaded the 82-year-old Syrian archaeologist who had looked after Palmyra's ruins for four decades. Militants hung his body in public, according to Syria's antiquities chief. Islamic State has destroyed a number of historic sites and monuments across Iraq and Syria.

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Islamic State destroys part of ancient Syrian temple

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 00:56