The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has few historical treasures remaining in Palmyra, Syria, and ISIS is bent on destroying every one after recapturing the city.
Video captured by a Russian military drone depicts ancient monuments in the Syrian UNESCO World Heritage Site that have been reduced to rubble at the hands of the terror group.
The black-and-white footage dated February 5 confirmed that a section of the Roman amphitheater is collapsed and the tetrapylon, a 16-columned structure that marked one end of the ancient city’s colonnade, destroyed.
According to the Russian defense ministry, “The pictures clearly show that the terrorists blew up the proscenium—the central part of the ancient Roman theatre—and the columns of the tetrapylon.”
The renewed surge of destruction was first announced last month by Syria’s antiquities chief, and UNESCO accusing ISIS of ‘war crimes’ and ‘cultural cleansing’.
Although ISIS fighters were expelled from historic Palmyra in early 2016, the terror group managed a major propaganda coup by recapturing the site from the Syrian government in December. Prior to being driven out of Palmyra in a Russian-backed offensive in March, ISIS razed world-famous temples and tower tombs in Palmyra.
The tetrapylon was constructed during the rule of the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 3rd Century AD. Dating back to the 1st century AD, the Roman amphitheater was used by ISIS for public executions during its occupation of Palmyra between May 2015 and March last year.
The loss of the city came as regime forces and their Russian backers were embroiled in a fierce fight for rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which the government finally retook in December.
Russia has been supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad via an air-bombing campaign since September 2015.
View the drone footage below:
H/T: Daily Mail
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