Islamic State group destroyed ancient Palmyra arch: Syrian activists

The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia.

By: AP | Beirut | Updated: October 5, 2015 9:49 am
Islamic State, Palmyra, Islamic State Palmyra, ISIS palmyra, Previously, Islamic State destroyed the 2,000-year-old temple of Baalshamin in Syria’s ancient caravan city of Palmyra. (Source: AP)

Syrian activists say Islamic State militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group’s campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

The Arch of Triumph was one of the most recognisable sites in Palmyra, which the IS group seized in May.

The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia.

An opposition activist who uses the name Khaled al-Homsi posted on Twitter late yesterday that the militants destroyed the arch.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the group blew up the arch but left the colonnades in place.

Militants also recently blew up two famed First Century temples in Palmyra.

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    Desy girl
    Oct 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm
    Terrorist group has also demolished Roman-era funerary towers that were "among the most representative and evocative monuments" at the site,.
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      rash azi
      Oct 6, 2015 at 7:45 am
      The Islamic State terrorists can achieve nothing but bloodshed , giving a bad name to Islam & causing millions of Muslim refugees to desert their homes & be a problem for other civilised countries. Countries supporting these parasites should stop doing so save their own Muslim brethren from further ruin. Down with d ISIS which is an evil & a curse which will very soon b destro.