04 September 2015
Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra funerary towers'
According to Syria's antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdul Karim, IS has blown up three funerary towers at Palmyra
Maamoun Abdulkarim said the tombs in Palmyra were blown up 10 days ago.
The Jamblique, Elhbel and Kithot tombs were built in AD83, AD103 and AD44 respectively and was among the best preserved sites from antiquity.
The tombs are located in the Valley of the Tombs, in the hills to the south and west of Palmyra.
- Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra funerary towers'
- 4 September 2015, BBC News
- Isil jihadists blow up tower tombs at Syria's Palmyra
- 4 September 2015, The Telegraph
Isis destroys ancient tombs in Palmyra
- 4 September 2015, The Guardian
Palmyra is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List - read more about Palmyra on UNESCO WHL website.
- UN confirms destruction of Temple of Bel - Satelite images confirms that IS has largely destroyed the Temple of Bel in Palmyra - see http://hisd.tors.ku.dk/news/01-september-2015/
- Last week, another important temple (Bel Shamin tempel) was blown up by IS militants - see http://hisd.tors.ku.dk/news/24-august-2015/
- Recently the IS militants have beheaded the former chief of antiquities in Palmyra, Khalid al-Asaad - see: http://hisd.tors.ku.dk/news/21-august-2015/
- In June the militants placed mines in several places of the ancient city Palmyra, including the Ball-Shamin temple and destroyed a key monumental sculpture in the city, the Lion Of Allat - see: http://hisd.tors.ku.dk/news/update-june-2015/