Latest in Tag: Palmyra Highlight

Latest in Tag: Palmyra


Cultural treasures are also victims of war

The “Islamic State” militant group recently smashed several art pieces at the Palmyra UNESCO World Heritage site, in the Syrian city of that name. Even more brutally, they beheaded 82-year-old Khaled Al-Assad, one of Syria’s most respected archaeologists, who had been the keeper of Palmyra for more than 50 years. In Yemen, the damage to three out of …

Cesar Chelala

‘Islamic State’ blows up Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s Palmyra

‘Islamic State’ (IS) militants have blown up the temple of Baal Shamin in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. The head of antiquities at the Roman-era site was beheaded by Islamists just a week ago. Conflicting reports over when the temple was actually destroyed are yet to be confirmed. Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdul Karmin …

Deutsche Welle

How the IS is waging war on Syrian culture

When the terrorist organisation “Islamic State” (IS) took over Syria’s ancient desert city of Palmyra in May, they were hoping to open a lucrative business. Many of the valuable artefacts in the city, they reckoned, would make their way into the international art market and become a sizeable source of income

Deutsche Welle

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