Destruction of Syria monument condemned

Archaeological site of Palmyra in Syria. Photo: ©UNESCO/F. Bandarin

The destruction of a 2000 year-old monument in Syria has been condemned by the UN.

The Arch of Triumph in Palmyra was reportedly wrecked by militants of the ISIL terrorist group.

Daniel Dickinson reports

The Arch of Triumph, built by Septimius Severus between 193 and 211 AD has been described by the UN cultural agency, UNESCO as a masterpiece of civil architecture and urban planning.

It's inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Here's the UN Spokesperson, Stephane Dujajric.

"Palmyra symbolizes everything that extremists abhor: cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, the encounter of different peoples in this centre of trading between Europe and Asia.”

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said violent extremists will never be able to erase history, nor silence the memory of Palmyra.

She added that the site embodies the unity and identity of the Syrian people.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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