A monitor group released today a new footage showing ISIS religious police hammering centuries-old statues in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.
The footage is believed to have been filmed when the terror group swept the city in May 2015.
In the video, a bunch of ISIS religious police (Hesbah) were smashing statues with heavy hammers, bulldozing mummified mummies and blowing up an old temple.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claimed to have obtained a reliable information from local activists that ISIS destroyed fake statues while transferring the original ones along other relics to be eventually sold in the black market to antiquities dealers outside Syria.
Some of the looted antiquities were even sold online.
Stolen relics, along with illegal oil trade and taxation, have been the primary sources that finance the group’s activities in both Syria and Iraq.