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Daesh releases images of Baal Shamin temple destruction

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Image released by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on August 25, 2015 shows two men carrying explosives reportedly into Baal Shamin temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

The destruction of Baal Shamin feels like "a wound in my heart," Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim says. “All of my memories were torn to shreds; I lost a part of my being. It felt like my family home had been burned down. I felt insulted before this criminal act and our powerlessness and the powerlessness of the international community to stop it.”

Takfiri terrorists’ media arm in the central Syrian province of Homs released on Tuesday some images depicting the destruction of the 2,000-year-old Baal Shamin temple in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra. The series of photos shows Daesh group members placing barrels and small containers of explosive in and around the temple.


The pictures, which appear to be screen shots from a video, also show a large explosion and the resulting cloud rising from the temples location.

 And finally the aftermath of the terrorists’ terrible endeavors.

“It is easy enough to view the damage to these heritage sites as something that can be rebuilt, if all we see is the physical; it is far more difficult to grasp the effects of cultural cleansing in the longer term, and to truly absorb its impact on a country’s people,”  Lynda Albertson, the chief executive of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art, told The Guardian.

The temple, situated in Palmyra in Homs some 215 kilometers northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus, was blown up on Sunday. The city is considered one of the ancient world’s most important cultural centers and was overrun by ISIL on May 21.

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