Footage has emerged of Daesh (also know as ISIS) destroying invaluable historic artifacts in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, driving over mummies in trucks and smashing ancient sculptures.
Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to tens of thousands of people and a trove of ancient ruins. Daesh seized control of the city in May 2015, and was driven out by Syrian government forces four months ago.
After initially taking control, Daesh pillaged the city’s antiquities, saying the ruins violated the Islamic injunction against idol worship. The group blew up two of the site’s treasured temples - its triumphal arch and a dozen tower tombs - and beheaded Khaled Asaad, an 82-year-old Syrian expert on Palmyra who refused to divulge the location of the ancient artifacts.
The video below is further evidence of Daesh’s brutal destruction of the city’s treasures, in a wave of destruction condemned by UNESCO as a war crime.