“Condemned the latest destruction by Islamic State”

The United Nations cultural organisation condemned the latest destruction by Islamic State of ancient monuments in Syria’s 2,000-year-old Roman city of Palmyra, saying it showed they were terrified of history. The perpetators should be tried and punished as war criminals, it said. Islamic State militants blew up the Arch of Triumph, a jewel in the exquisite collection of ruins in the oasis city, Syria’s antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said on Sunday. The militants had earlier destroyed temples at the Roman-era UNESCO World Heritage site, which it has controlled since capturing Palmyra from Syrian government forces in May, and mined other monuments and historic buildings. The group considers the buildings sacrilegious”.

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