UNSC condemns deliberate destruction of historical monuments in Palmyra by ISIS

New York, SANA – The UN Security Council condemned the deliberate destruction of historical monuments and cultural heritage in Palmyra by ISIS.

A statement issued by the Council on Friday night said that member states have been shocked by the reports about the destruction of monuments in Palmyra including the Roman Theatre and the Tetrapylon.

The statement said that ISIS and other groups and individuals affiliated to Al Qaeda have made large profits from the pillaging and smuggling of archeological artifacts in Syria, and that they have used the funds procured in this manner to bolster their recruitment and operations.

ISIS has destroyed the façade of the Roman Theatre and the Tetrapylon ISIS in Palmyra on Friday, and back in August 2015 the terror organization destroyed the tomb towers that date back to various eras extending between 44 and 103 AD, in addition to parts of the Temple of Bel and the Temple of Bel Shamin and murdering archeologist Khaled al-Asaad.

Hazem Sabbagh

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