The world continues to lose it heritage at the hands of the Islamic State. According, to a report by the BBC ISIS, did destroy sections of the Roman Theatre in the ancient city of Palmyra.
“Syria’s antiquities chief said the tetrapylon – a group of four pillared structures which were mainly modern replicas – has also been ruined.
The jihadists recaptured the Unesco-listed archaeological site in December from government troops.
The head of the UN cultural body said the destruction was “a new war crime”.
Its director general, Irina Bokova, said what she described as “cultural cleansing by violent extremists” had resulted in “an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity”.
In March of 2016 Russian-backed Syrian troops retook the area, however, lost it when forces were diverted for the control of Aleppo. On December 22, 2016, Syrian forces claim that Aleppo has been retaken.
Yesterday is was also reported that ISIS fighters did kill twelve people at the museum close to the ancient ruins.
“When they first held the archaeological site, they blew up temples, burial towers and the Arch of Triumph, believing shrines and statues to be idolatrous.
They also destroyed the Temple of Bel – the great sanctuary of the Palmyrene gods – which had been one of the most important religious buildings of the 1st Century AD in the East.”
No one can say when or if ISIS will be defeated in Syria. One thing is clear they continue to cause as much death and destruction as possible. With a new administration in the US who seems to be on friendly terms with Russia, it will be interesting to see what happens.