ISIL blows up ancient shrines near Syria's Palmyra

ISIL has blown up ancient shrines near Palmyra raising fears that Palmyra's extensive Roman ruins are also in danger.

ISIL blows up ancient shrines near Syria's Palmyra

World Bulletin / News Desk

The ISIL group says it has destroyed two ancient shrines close to the Syrian city of Palmyra, seized by the armed group a month ago.

A report in Al Jazeera showed that photographs posted online appeared to show the shrines, 4km from Palmyra, being blown up and reduced to rubble on Saturday.

It was the first reported damage to ancient sites since ISIL captured Palmyra, known as Tadmur in Arabic and famed for its UNESCO-listed Roman ruins.

Pictures showed smoke rising from the hilltop tomb of Mohammed Bin Ali, a companion of the Prophet Muhammad's cousin, Imam Ali.

The second shrine was built over 500 years ago for a Sufi scholar known as Nizar Abu Bahaa Eddine.

In a statement, ISIL vowed to destroy statues and shrines, which it regards as idolatrous.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 24 Haziran 2015, 10:23