The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has struck again; this time, the terrorist group targeted the ancient Temple of Ba’al inside the historical city of Palmyra in the Homs Governorate’s eastern countryside.
On Sunday morning, local sources reported the destruction of this 2,050 year old stone temple honoring the Canaanite god, “Ba’al”, by ISIS militants, who reportedly utilized bulldozers to take down this ancient site after they declared this archaeological building “heretical” for its idolatrous presence.
The Temple of Ba’al was decalred a UNESCO World Heritage Site before it was destroyed by ISIS; it is the second archeological site in Palmyra that has been destroyed by this terrorist group.
The destruction of the ancient Temple of Ba’al comes one week after the terrorist group executed the late Director of Palmyra’s History Museum, Dr. Khalid Al-As’ad – the late professor was beheaded by ISIS militants, who then preceded to hang his body in the city-center with a list of “crimes” he allegedly committed, including “visiting the state of Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.”
Three days ago, the terrorist group destroyed the 1,600 year old Syriac Monastery of St. Elian inside the ancient Assyrian city of Al-Qarayteen, which is located to the southwest of Palmyra.