ISIS BLOWS UP THE ARCH OF TRIUMPH IN PALMYRA The relic of Roman epoch was more than 2 thousand years old. The site was occupied by the Caliphate in May

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The iconoclastic fury of the Caliphate crashes again on Palmira, the ancient archaeological site in Syria. Yesterday, the militants of the so-called Islamic State  blew up the city’s Arch of Triumph, a monument of the Roman epoch which had at least two thousand years of history. It was reported by the superintendent of the antiquity in the country, and was cited by Skynews. The ruins had been occupied by ISIS last May, whereas on August 19 was executed (through decapitation) Khaled Assad, the guardian of the area. His head was hung from a Roman column.

Khaled Al Homsi, an archaeologist and a human rights activist posted on Twitter a photograph of the monument before it was destroyed by ISIS, indicating with red signs the parts of the arch that no longer exist: the central top and the two lateral arches. In August last year were razed to the ground three tombs towers built between the years 44 and 103 after Christ. Shortly before had been destroyed also the Temple of Bel, situated within the same site.

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