The Baalshamin temple erected in the first century AD was, according to several reports, blown up on 23 August last summer. The temple is part of the site of Palmyra – one of the most important cultural heritages of the world. The Greco-Roman monumental ruins have been targeted by IS time after time. The UNESCO Director-General called on the international community to stand united against “cultural cleansing”.
“The art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, is a symbol of the complexity and wealth of the Syrian identity and history”, the Director-General said. “Such acts are war crimes and their perpetrators must be accountable for their actions. UNESCO stands by all Syrian people in their efforts to safeguard their heritage, a heritage for all humanity.”