ISIS releases images of destroyed Temple of Bel

ISIS has released number of images showing destruction of Temple of Bel, ancient artifact ruin located in Palmyra, Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

On Wednesday, ISIS released the pictures of the destroyed Temple of Bel in Dabiq, which is one of ISIS’s English-language propaganda magazines.

The series of published photos, show militants while preparing bombs, packing barrels and blowing up the historic Syrian Temple of Bel in Palmyra.

ISIS militants have seized control of Syrian city Palmyra in May 2015. After seizing Palmyra, ISIS now has control over 50% of Syria.

Meanwhile, ISIS militants also demolished parts of the ancient monastery of Saint Eliane in Qaryatain, a strategic town located in the central Syrian province of Homs, which was captured earlier last month.

Palmyra has also been designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Director General of the Unesco, Irina Bakova, called on the international community to act and save the historic structures in August 2015.

“The destruction of Palmyra constitutes an intolerable crime against civilization. I call on the international community to stand united against this persistent cultural cleansing. ISIS cannot silence history and will ultimately fail to erase this great culture from the memory of the world.” said Bakova.

TRTWorld and agencies