ISIS Destroys Temple

Stephen Pagano, Reporter

On Sunday Augest 30th the terrorists group commonly known as ISIS or The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria blew up the Temple of Bel in Palmyra City which dates back to almost 2,ooo years old. Just a week before this incident another temple was reduced to rubble by ISIS. The U.N. training and research agency Confirmed the demolishtion via satellite images and analysis that shows proof that the temple was destroyed.

Palymyra City which is one of the centers for religious life in Syria was where ISIS chose to make their next move. The Temple of Bel however was not completely demolished. Some of the outer walls and columns remain standing. Earlier this month ISIS destroyed a different building called Temple of Baalshamin. The other temple also dates back close to 2,000 years. ISIS also beheaded a 82 year old man named Khaled al-As’ad who spent his life protecting irreplaceable relics.

“The systematic destruction of cultural symbols embodying Syrian cultural diversity reveals the true intent of such attacks, which is to deprive the Syrian people of its knowledge, its identity and history,” Unesco director Irina Bokova said last week. Irina Bokova also added that ISIS possibly had place other bombs throughout other places in Syria.