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Islamic State Destroy Temple of Baal in Syria's Palmyra

islamic state militants in syria have

severely damaged a two thousand year old

temple

considered one of the greatest sites of

the ancient world

the bell temple was part of the remains

of the ancient city of palmyra that was

seized by the militant group in may

satellite images released by a united

nations agency on tuesday

show the destruction of the historic

temple which was consecrated in 32

a.d the news of the latest destruction

at palmyra comes just days

after islamic state released images

purportedly showing militants blowing up

another palmyra temple

the militant group claims ancient relics

promote idolatry and say they are

destroying them as part of their purge

of paganism

however they are also believed to sell

off looted antiquities for

cash