IS militants blow up Palmyra arch
5 October 2015, Nirapad News: Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria have blown up another monument in the ancient city of Palmyra.
Officials and local sources say, reports the BBC.
The Arch of Triumph was ‘pulverised’ by the militants who control the city, a Palmyra activist told the media.
It is thought to have been built about 2,000 years ago.
IS fighters have already destroyed two ancient temples at the site, described by Unesco as one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world.
‘The Arch of Triumph was pulverised. IS has destroyed it,’ Mohammad Hassan al-Homsi, an activist from Palmyra told the media on Monday.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an activist group monitoring the conflict, said sources on the ground had confirmed the destruction.
Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim also confirmed the news, and told the media that if IS remains in control of Palmyra, ‘the city is doomed’.