Damascus, Syria – On Tuesday, the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) blew up two monuments in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria, IS-linked media sources reported.
Pictures uploaded to a text and image sharing website showed one of the monuments, believed to be the tomb of Sheikh Mohammed Ali, being blown up. Militants from the extreme group destroyed the shrines because they consider them to be sacrilegious.
On Sunday, the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) planted large deal of explosives and mines in the archaeological locations of the Syrian ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur), as a prelude to detonate them.
The radical group has been in control of the ancient city since last May.
“The group intends to blow up all ancient monuments in Palmyra,” said Yazan Qutna, a Syrian civil rights activist.
Syrian antiquities chief Abdul Maamoun Abdulkarim said: “In all the areas where they [IS] spread when they see tombs they destroy them as see them as sacrilegious and a return to paganism.”
Hundreds of statues had been moved from the city to safe locations, before the militants, who control large swathes of Iraq and Syria, took over, he told Reuters.
The 2,000-year-old city of Palmyra is listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. The United Nations appealed to the international community to intervene and protect the Syrian ancient city against atrocities of IS group.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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