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4 September 2015

Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra funerary towers'

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According to Syria's antiquities chief, Maamoun Abdul Karim, IS has blown up three funerary towers at Palmyra

Inside the tower tomb Elhbel, built in AD103, which was destroyed by IS. Photo: Mappo

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.




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Palmyra is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List - read more about Palmyra on UNESCO WHL website.

Tower tombs in the Valley of the Tombs at Palmyra. Photo: Bernard Gagnon

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