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Mercoledì, 24 Giugno 2015 04:35

ISIS destroys ancient mausoleums in Palmyra Featured

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Damascus - Islamic State fighters have destroyed two ancient Muslim mausoleums in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra, the country's antiquities director said on Tuesday.
  Palmyra recently fell under the control of the jihadists.

Three days ago the fundamentalists blew up the mausoleum of Mohammed Ben Ali, a descendant of the family of the prophet's cousin Ali Ben Abi Taleb, said Syrian Director of Antiquities, Maamoun Abdulkarim. The mausoleum is in a mountainous area 4 kilometres north of Palmyra and ISIS has published pictures of armed men next to a number of barrels, probably packed with explosives, who were heading to the hill where the site is located.
  According to Mr Abdulkarim, ISIS had previously blown up the 500 year-old mausoleum of Chkaf, known as Nizar Abou Bahaeddine, a religious figure in Palmyra. The monument is in the oasis city, 500 metres from a triumphal arch. In the regions under their control, says Abdulkarim, the extremists have destroyed at least 50 mausoleums dating back 100 to 200 years, as well as a number of tombs of people from Palmyra. All tombs with marble designs were destroyed. For them, he added, graves should not be visible. (AGI)

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