IS blows up tower tombs at Syria's Palmyra: Antiquities chief

AFP , Friday 4 Sep 2015

Columns are seen in the historical city of Palmyra, Syria, June 12, 2009. Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and other activists said on August 30, 2015 (Reuters)

Militants of the Islamic State group have blown up three of the famed tower tombs of Syria's ancient desert city of Palmyra, antiquities department chief Maamoun Abdelkarim told AFP Friday.

"They blew up three tower tombs, the best preserved and most beautiful," he said.

The new destruction at the world-renowned site, captured by the Islamists in May, follows their demolition of the ancient shrine of Baal Shamin and the 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel.

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