ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old triumphal arch in Syria’s Palmyra

Islamic State (ISIS) militants have destroyed a 2,000-year-old Roman monument on the main colonnade of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra.

Maamoun Abdulkarim, the country's antiquities chief, told the Reuters news agency that the Islamic State had blown up the Arch of Triumph, which marked the entrance to Palmyra's main street. The monument, which was built in the early 3rd century, was also known as the Triumphal Arch.

Since seizing Palmyra earlier this year, ISIS militants have destroyed a number of monuments, including the Temple of Baal Shamin and the Temple of Bel. The group also used the ancient city to carry out the mass execution of 25 Syrian soldiers, who were shot dead by children as hundreds of civilians watched in an amphitheater.

"It’s as though there is a curse that has befallen this city and I expect only news that will shock us. If the city remains in their hands the city is doomed," Abdulkarim told Reuters. "“It is now wanton destruction ... their acts of vengeance are no longer ideologically driven because they are now blowing up buildings with no religious meaning."

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