ISIS Releases Photos of Syria’s Palmyra Temple Destruction

The Islamic State published photos on Tuesday showing the destruction of Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s Palmyra, even as the United Nations cultural body strongly condemned the demolition of the 2000-year-old as a “war crime.”

The series of images released by the Islamist group in the social media showed militants placing barrels laden with explosives inside the ancient temple, an explosion apparently of the temple being blown up, and a pile of rubble  depicting the aftermath of the explosion.

The temple, a UNESCO heritage site, was reportedly demolished on Sunday sparking worldwide condemnation. UNESCO called the act a  “new war crime and an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity”.

The picture released by ISIS shows destruction of Palmyra temple. @p_vanostaeyen

The picture released by ISIS shows destruction of Palmyra temple. @p_vanostaeyen

The picture released by ISIS shows destruction of Palmyra temple. @p_vanostaeyen

The picture released by ISIS shows destruction of Palmyra temple.@p_vanostaeyen

The picture released by ISIS shows destruction of Palmyra temple. @p_vanostaeyen

The picture released by ISIS shows destruction of Palmyra temple.@p_vanostaeyen

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