Isis Blows Up Ancient Tombs in Palmyra
These satellite images appear to confirm reports that the Islamic State has blown up three ancient tower tombs in Palmyra, continuing its unrelenting destruction of the World Heritage Site.
Earlier this week, Islamic State detonated explosives at the revered 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel, one of the boldest steps yet in the extremists’ campaign to destroy ancient buildings and artifacts it considers un-Islamic.
The ancient tombs, west of Palmyra, are some of the oldest sites in the central Syrian city, nestled into the dirt hills on its outskirts. They are “multistory sandstone buildings” that once belonged to the wealthiest of Palmyra’s families, according to Unesco, the United Nations cultural agency.
Isis considers ancient cultural artefacts, particularly those that venerate gods, a form of idolatry according to its puritanical interpretation of Islam.
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