Combination picture shows the site of the Temple of Bel before (top) and after its apparent destruction in Palmyra, Syria, in this August 27, 2015 and August 31, 2015 handout satellite images provided by UrtheCast, Airbus DS, UNITAR-UNOSAT.  REUTERS/UrtheCast, Airbus DS, UNITAR-UNOSAT/Handout via Reuters

Satellite images confirm major temple destroyed in Syria’s Palmyra: U.N

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Satellite images have confirmed the destruction of the Temple of Bel, which was one of the best preserved Roman-era sites in the Syrian city of Palmyra, a United Nations agency said, after activists said the hardline Islamic State group had targeted it.

A comparison of before and after images shows the damage to the temple at the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Geneva-based United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) said.

“We can confirm the destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity,” the agency said in an email.

  • mauser 98

    Satellites? then why can’t ISIS convoys , munition storage , bases etc be targeted?

    • David Murrell

      This is because President Obama must screen and approve all targets….

  • Hard Little Machine

    UNESCO will blame it on Israel.

  • WalterBannon

    why are we not using our large reserves of nerve gas weapons to cleans the countries of muslim animals?

  • Islamic theology at work.

  • Achmed

    There is no history but Allah, the Holy Quran, the Sira and the Hadiths.

    • Minicapt

      That’s a ‘herstory’.


  • When the Islamic barbarians start working on Europe, they will destroy its cultural treasures . art works, library books, historical sites, everything will go. Europe is now committing suicide by welcoming Muslims by the hundreds of thousands with open arms.

    • mauser 98

      the collapse of Europe underway

  • FactsWillOut

    Let’s see, two guys with a pair of binoculars and an RPG can take out NAT convoys, but NATO and the entire west, with real-time satellites and air power cannot take out any ISIS convoys.
    Doesn’t pass the smell test, folks.

    • Minicapt

      You’re leaving a few bits out.


  • Millie_Woods

    The left’s apathy is threatening to boil over into indifference. If only there was some rare spotted owls nesting in the temple.