ISIS Destroys Ancient Baal Shamin Temple in Palmyra

Islamic State militants have destroyed a temple at Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, according to the country’s antiquities chief.

Maamoun Abdul Karim said a large amount of explosives were used to blow up the Baal Shamin temple.

The Roman era temple was built in the 1st Century and is dedicated to the Phoenician god of storms and fertilizing rains.

Mr Karim told the Reuters news agency: “We have said repeatedly the next phase would be one of terrorizing people and when they have time they will begin destroying temples.

Before the city’s capture, Syrian officials said they moved hundreds of ancient statues to safe locations out of concern they would be destroyed.

In June, IS blew up two ancient shrines in Palmyra that were not part of its Roman-era structures but which the group regarded as pagan and sacrilegious.

Over the past several months, the Islamist extremists have blown up and defaced historical sites and artifacts across their sprawling self-proclaimed “caliphate” stretching across Iraq and Syria.

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