Syria: The Islamic State Blows up Tower tombs at Syria’s Palmyra

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Tower tombs, Palmyra, SyriaThe chief of Syria’s antiquities division, Maamoun Abdelkarim, confirmed the destruction of the tombs on Friday.

“They blew up three tower tombs, the very best preserved and most lovely,” Abdelkarim mentioned.

“We acquired experiences 10 days in the past however we have simply confirmed the information,” he added.

Among the many three tombs was the Tower of Elahbel. Inbuilt 103 A.D., the tower had 4 storeys, in addition to an underground ground and will purportedly maintain to 300 sarcophagi.

Abdelkarim mentioned IS militants had additionally blown up two temples on the Roman-era, UNESCO World Heritage website.

Demolitions a ‘battle crime’

The experiences on Friday got here simply days after satellite tv for pc photos from the United Nations (UN) confirmed fears of irreparable injury to Palmyra’s Temple of Bel. The cultural company UNESCO condemned the location’s destruction as a battle crime.

IS captured Palmyra in Could, sparking considerations that militants would destroy the UNESCO World Heritage website, inflicting destruction just like what has already been seen at a number of historic websites in neighboring Iraq.

Jihadi militants have since printed photographs and video footage on-line, purportedly exhibiting the demolition of Palmyra’s structure.

IS considers the buildings or any pagan artifacts as sacriligeous and an affront to its interpretation of Islam.

ksb/kms (Reuters, AFP)

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