ISIS war on civilisation: Militants destroy ancient Syrian heritage
ALEPPO/SYRIA (Web Desk) - ISIS militants reportedly smashed cultural treasures from the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, including an artifact dating back to the second century.
According to a statement from the group and Syrian state media, ISIS allegedly destroyed the Allat god statue, a significant ancient object depicting a lion catching a deer between its feet. The statue was part of a UNESCO World Heritage site dating back 2,000 years, in Palmyra.
CNN reported that a man smuggling at least six ancient statues through Aleppo province was captured by the militants and transferred to Islamic court in the ISIS-controlled city of Manbij.
Militants shattered the relics with sledgehammers and lashed the smuggler in a public square packed with onlookers .
At least two ancient Muslim shrines in the once-monumental city were blown up by ISIS last month, weeks after it bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud and took sledgehammers to statues at the Mosul Museum.
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