Daesh blows up another ancient temple in Palmyra
Parts of the historic temple of Bel are believed to have been destroyed. (AFP/File)
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Daesh terrorists have reportedly blown up parts of the ancient temple of Bel in the Syrian historical city of Palmyra.
According to reports, the ISIL group members detonated over 30 tons of explosives on Sunday in the temple located in the country’s central province of Homs.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the temple, one of the most significant structures in the UNESCO-listed city, sustained severe damage in the blast.
The richly decorated Bel is located immediately outside the city’s main area.
The group’s latest act of destruction comes just one week after they blew up the 2,000-year-old Baal Shamin temple in Palmyra. Recent satellite imagery confirms the temple’s total destruction.
Daesh took control of Palmyra earlier this year and prompted international concern that the terrorist group might destroy the ancient city.
Elsewhere in Iraq, the Takfiri group bombed a mosque in the country’s northern province of Nineveh and desecrated two churches in northern Mosul province.
“ISIL elements booby-trapped Abu Bakr mosque in Shura district (35 km south of Nineveh), by improvised explosive devices and blew it up under the pretext of the existence of a tomb inside the mosque,” a local source was quoted by Iraqi News as saying on Sunday.
“Elements of the organization also had removed historical and heritage inscriptions from the front of Virgin Mary church and the Chaldean church in the Doctors Street in central Mosul,” he added.