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'Syrian society is being shredded'

August 31st, 2015

Episode 576 of 1744 episodes

Islamic State (IS) militants have destroyed part of Palmyra’s 2,000-year-old Temple of Bel - the largest temple at the ancient Syrian site, reports say. The militants seized control of the world-famous Greco-Roman ruins north-east of Damascus in May. “This is such a major blow on a different order to anything else that’s happened for the whole of Syria,” said Syria expert Diana Darke. “Syria doesn’t know how to report this – it’s such a major loss.” The conlict in Syria had been left untreated like an open wound for four years, added the author. “Syrian society is being shredded.”

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