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Volume 45, Number 3
  
24 August 2015
Greg Kandra




The Temple of Baal Shamin in Palmyra, Syria, a cultural landmark that has stood for nearly 2,000 years, was reportedly destroyed by ISIS. (photo: Wikipedia)

Reports this weekend indicate that the ruthless destruction of priceless antiquities by ISIS is continuing:

ISIS has reportedly destroyed another significant landmark in the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria.

The Temple of Baal Shamin stood for nearly two millennia, honoring the Phoenician god of storms and rain, as the BBC reported. Destruction of the site would be directly in line with ISIS’s campaign not just against people of other faiths, but against their culture. “Oh Muslims, these artifacts that are behind me were idols and gods worshipped by people who lived centuries ago instead of Allah,” one militant said of antiquities in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this year.

After the ISIS captured Palmyra in May, Baal Shamin seems to have fallen to the group’s philosophy.

“[ISIS] placed a large quantity of explosives in the temple of Baal Shamin today and then blew it up causing much damage to the temple,” Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s antiquities chief, told Agence France-Presse. “The [temple’s inner area] was destroyed and the columns around collapsed.”



Tags: Syria ISIS Historical site/city