Nine of Syria and Iraq’s 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Satellite imagery released by the United Nations has confirmed Isis destroyed one of the most important ruins in the ancient city of Palmyra.

The destruction of the 1st-century Temple of Bel appears to be part of a broader campaign by the group against not just Palmyra but a variety of ancient sites; a campaign that appears to be motivated by both ideology and greed.

Worse still, Isis is only one part of a wider situation in Syria and Iraq where a number of important historical areas are considered at risk.

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