Fears ISIS Would Destroy Palmyra Are Once Again Justified
ISIS followed up the destruction of Palmyra's temple of Baalshamin last week by blowing up the Bel Temple.By Matt Picht | August 30, 2015
The ancient city of Palmyra has once again been attacked by the terrorist group ISIS. International monitors confirmed Sunday that at least part of the Temple of Bel was destroyed in an explosion.
The temple, dedicated to the Semitic god Bel, was one of the most important structures still standing in Palmyra. Al Jazeera reports ISIS militants detonated over 30 tons of explosives at the temple.
ISIS has a history of destroying and looting historical artifacts which the group regards as idolatrous. Palmyra's ruins have been in jeopardy since the group took over the area on May 21.